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Martin Chambi Jimenez or Martin Chambi de Coaza (Peruvian, 1891-1973), three untitled photographs, ca. 1920 to 1950 CE. Three photographs of various scenes and sights in Peru during the early twentieth century, including llamas grazing in field in Cuzco in black and white, a woman and four children dressed in beautiful regional clothing in sepia tone, and a mother and child sitting amongst their belongings with a spread of potatoes before them in black and white. Chambi was best known for revealing the daily aspects of Andean life, presenting his Peruvian subjects with great dignity despite their oftentimes relatively impoverished existence. A wonderful example of Andean visions captured through the lens of one of the first important Latin American photographers. Size: each measures 3.375" L x 5.375" W (8.6 cm x 13.7 cm) Size: 3.5" L x 5.5" W (8.9 cm x 14 cm)

Martin Chambi was born to peasants in a town called Coaza near Lake Titikaka and learned his craft from Don Max T. Vargas. In 1920, he moved his family to Cusco (also Cuzco) where he set up a photography studio and practiced until his death. During his lifetime, his photographs were exhibited in galleries in Lima and Arequipa, Peru; La Paz, Bolivia, and Santiago, Chile. In addition his photographs were published in "National Geographic" (1938) and various newspapers and magazines. In 1977, the American photographer and anthropologist Edward Ranney together with Victor Chambi catalogued approximately 6,000 plates, and in 1979, the Museum of Modern Art in New York held a Martin Chambi retrospective exhibition that traveled throughout the world, giving Chambi's work international exposure.

For more about Martin Chambi's oeuvre, read the article entitled, "Chambi of Cuzco" in "Art in America" (December 1979).

Provenance: ex-Historia Gallery, James Caswell, Santa Monica, California, USA

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All of the photos have Martin Chambi's blue studio stamp on the verso. Photos in very good condition save minor foxing on verso of mother and child image.

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Trio of Early 20th C. Martin Chambi Photos

Estimate $200 - $300Mar 26, 2018
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