Documentary Photography – Peru

The San Pedro Market, Cusco

This documentary photography was submitted to Edge of Humanity Magazine by multimedia journalist and documentary photographer Harriet Dedman.

 

From: “Eyes on Peru” By Harriet Dedman.  Taken in June 2015, this brief series of images features faces and places from throughout Lima, Cusco and Peru’s Sacred Valley.

 

Peru’s cultural history has been one of empire, conquest and syncretic enforcement, its modern identity struggling with the undeveloped past. It is the indigenous history of exoticism and tragedy which has survived in the popular conscience, elevated by the external tourism which now pours into the nation, and influenced by a traumatic modern history.

 

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Artist in residence - Mateo Evans - daubs the walls of Tragaluz restaurant in the Miraflores district of Lima. Peru’s emerging arts scene is gaining momentum throughout Latin America, and is attracting global attention. The Barranco district of Lima is abuzz with artists and creatives.

Artist in residence – Mateo Evans – daubs the walls of Tragaluz restaurant in the Miraflores district of Lima. Peru’s emerging arts scene is gaining momentum throughout Latin America, and is attracting global attention. The Barranco district of Lima is abuzz with artists and creatives.

Lima’s sprawling Pacific coastline. Lima is home to over 25% of the nation’s population.

Lima’s sprawling Pacific coastline. Lima is home to over 25% of the nation’s population.

The cobbled streets of Cusco, bearing witness to the rise and fall of empires.

The cobbled streets of Cusco, bearing witness to the rise and fall of empires.

The back streets of Cusco

The back streets of Cusco

The indigenista and mestizo population of Cusco retain a proud identity in the Andes.

The indigenista and mestizo population of Cusco retain a proud identity in the Andes.

The San Pedro Market, Cusco

The San Pedro Market, Cusco

The San Pedro Market, Cusco

The San Pedro Market, Cusco

The 16th century chapel within the Belmond Palacio Nazarenas Hotel. The conquistadores arrived in Cusco in 1533, imposing their visions of Catholicism on the indigenous communities.

The 16th century chapel within the Belmond Palacio Nazarenas Hotel. The conquistadores arrived in Cusco in 1533, imposing their visions of Catholicism on the indigenous communities.

Peru’s Sacred Valley

Peru’s Sacred Valley

The Incan stonework at Machu Picchu, declared to be the finest in the world by the explorer Hiram Bingham, who ‘discovered’ the the citadel in 1911. Bingham would later inspire the character of Indiana Jones.

The Incan stonework at Machu Picchu, declared to be the finest in the world by the explorer Hiram Bingham, who ‘discovered’ the the citadel in 1911. Bingham would later inspire the character of Indiana Jones.

 The spiralling mists of Machu Picchu

The spiraling mists of Machu Picchu

Swallows fly over Plaza de sagrado, Machu Picchu

Swallows fly over Plaza de sagrado, Machu Picchu

The Llamas of Machu Picchu, standing guard for centuries

The Llamas of Machu Picchu, standing guard for centuries

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

 Rodrigo, Valle Sagrado, Peru

Rodrigo, Valle Sagrado, Peru

 

See also:

Between Four Tombs

Portraits

By Harriet Dedman


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