Lima, Peru: Carlos Jimenez Cahua, Noah Addis, Maciek Jasik and some German guy named Thomas

January 8, 2011

Sometime around now I should be arriving in Lima, Peru. I’ve been there twice and I find the city bewitching from a photographic standpoint. Apparently I’m not the only one:

© Carlos Jimenez Cahua from the series 'Ciudad de los Reyes'

© Carlos Jimenez Cahua from the series 'Ciudad de los Reyes'

© Carlos Jimenez Cahua from the series 'Ciudad de los Reyes'

Lima is foggy nine months out of the year due to the cold Humboldt current that runs up the Pacific coast of South America. I can understand how it might be depressing for the residents but the fog plus the otherworldly desert landscape, devoid of trees and vegetation makes for one incredible canvas for pictures. Then, there is the social landscape which, given the rapid urban transformation of Lima over the last several decades is equally fascinating.

Carlos Jimenez Cahua’s series, ‘Ciudad de los Reyes‘ is a tour de force. The photos blow me away and make me think twice about ever trying to take a photo in Lima. They are by far my favorite I’ve seen of the city but here are some more, so you get a sense of the possibilities:

© Noah Addis from the series 'Future Cities: Lima'

© Noah Addis from the series 'Future Cities: Lima'

The above from Noah Addis’ series ‘Future Cities: Lima‘.

© Maciek Jasik from the series 'Pueblos Jovenes'

© Maciek Jasik from the series 'Pueblos Jovenes'

From Maciek Jasik’s series Pueblo Jovenes. If you’re from Lima you are probably hating me right now for showing only the poor periphery of the city in this post. Too bad. Even Thomas Struth is getting in on the action:

Thomas Struth in Lima, Peru

This last image is from a post on the blog PeruFotoLibre, one of my favorite blogs anywhere and required reading for anyone interested in contemporary photography in South America.

2 Responses to “Lima, Peru: Carlos Jimenez Cahua, Noah Addis, Maciek Jasik and some German guy named Thomas”

  1. Albano Says:

    Thomas, these are not strictly from Lima, but of the “pueblos jóvenes” (villas) surrounding it.

  2. thomashobbs Says:

    I can only imagine the horror an upper class limeño would feel upon reading this post.


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