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MARTIN CHAMBI, Indigenous Peruvian Photographer

Posted in Peru, Peru Art, Peru Treasures, photography on January 22, 2012 by Listen Recovery

Martín Chambi Jiménez or Martín Chambi de Coaza, (Puno, Perù – November 5, 1891 – Cuzco, September 13, 1973) was a photographer, originally from southern Peru.

For more than twenty years, Martín Chambi balanced his successful studio business with extensive travels outside of Cuzco to photograph archaeological sites, landscapes, and indigenous communities.
Chambi’s early reputation was based on his participation in two distinctly different photographic traditions. His adoption of conventions derived from European art photography, particularly the stylized effects of Pictorialism and natural sky-light in studio portraiture, formed the foundation for his studio’s commercial success and his prominence in local salon competitions and industrial fairs of the day.
Chambi quickly came to the forefront in the documentation of his own indigenous culture. He undoubtedly received significant support and encouragement in this work from members of Cuzco’s Indigenista movement. In turn, his work and presence, as an artist of direct Indian descent, photographing their meetings and listening to their discussions, surely reaffirmed their intellectual programs and lent a sense of visual authenticity to the movement.

Between 1920 and 1950 Chambi amassed a comprehensive collection of archaeological sites, native peoples, and views of Cuzco that was widely published as well as presented throughout South America.
Many of the most fascinating pictures in his archive were apparently unknown during his lifetime – some because they fell outside the interests of Indigenismo, others because of the limited artistic conventions then in vogue, and many because of their commercial origin.

Significant ongoing research and publication on this unusual period still need to be realized in order to clarify Chambi’s artistic contribution in the world of photography.

Chambi was an Indigenist photographer — the first to photograph his people as seen through their own eyes. Chambi himself emphasized that status in 1936, on the occasion of an exhibition in Santiago and Viña del Mar:

“I have read that in Chile it is thought that Indians have no culture, that they are uncivilized, that they are intellectually and artistically inferior when compared to whites and Europeans. More eloquent than my opinion, however, are graphic testimonies. It is my hope that impartial and objective witnesses will examine this evidence. I feel that I am a representative of my race; my people speak through my photographs.”

Martín Chambi

Martín Chambi was the first to photograph his race with a postcolonial eye. When Martín Chambi arrived in Cuzco, the ancient Incan capital, the richest and most splendid among American pre-Columbian cities, was experiencing a slight demographic recovery following the dramatic population decline.
It was Chambi who had the greatest international diffusion, and he who has left us the most personal, magical, profound, and dazzling work among all Peruvian photographers and maybe of all Latin American photographers.
Martín Chambi’s images laid bare the social complexity of the Andes. Those images place us in the heart of highland feudalism, in the haciendas of the large landholders, with their servants and concubines, in the colonial processions of contrite and drunken throngs. Chambi’s photographs capture it all: the weddings, fiestas, and first communions of the well-to-do; the drunkenness and poverty of the poor along with the public events shared by both. That is why, surely without intending it, Chambi became in effect the symbolic photographer of his race, transforming the telluric voice of Andean man, his millenary melancholy, his eternal neglect, his quintessentially Peruvian, human, Vallejo-like pain into the truly universal.

“One day Chambi will be recognized as one of the most coherent and profound creators photography has given this century.”

Edward Ranney


Posted in Blazing 45's, Danny Holloway, L.A Events, photography on January 21, 2012 by Listen Recovery

Rich Medina – Danny Holloway

Shortkut (Beat Junkies / ISP)

Inka Uno.

Pay Ray getting his last signatures.

Rich Medina Blazing 45’s

Icy Ice / C-Los / Rich Spirit

Shortkut / Tommy Gunn / Icy Ice (Beat Junkies)

Rich Medina doing it!

Wolf’s turn… Blazing 45’s

Peanut Butter Wolf (Stones Throw)

Rhettmatic on the mic… CA!…

Ani Gza / De Madrugada

Listen Recovery & Secret Stash Records – LA CHAMBA Paying tribute to LOS DESTELLOS with special guest Jose Luis Carballo.

Posted in Chicha Music, Josè L. Carballo, L.A Events, La Chamba LA, Listen Recovery, Listen Recovery Productions, photography on October 29, 2011 by Listen Recovery

videos coming soon…

LA CHAMBA & JOSE LUIS CARBALLO – Rehearsing for Oct 7th. Photos by La Mina

Posted in Josè L. Carballo, La Chamba LA, photography on October 6, 2011 by Listen Recovery

In the mist of this genre from Perù invading Los Angeles,  5 musicians gather with a legendary producer to create and rehearse the sounds from a band that will never be forgotten.  The sound was a revolutionary one for the people in its territory.  Comas, Lima was the mecca of 90% of the bands creating Chicha or Cumbia Psycodelica.  Jose Luis Carballo is not just another member of this great community.  He is one of the “pillars” of this genre.  Who helped shaped and create a unique sound along with professionalism in every way and movement.

You will have the honor to meet the legend himself on Oct 7th along with the talented guys from LA CHAMBA, who are sealing their stamp as one of the most important bands out of LA bringing a genre of music new to the ears of Angelinos and North Californians… for now!

Thanks for reading.

One heart

Renz De Madrugada


OS GEMEOS, at MOCA / GEFFEN, photos by De Madrugada

Posted in Brasil Arte Urbano, Os Gemeos, photography on August 13, 2011 by Listen Recovery

Haile Selassie H.I.M., Emperor of Ethiopia. Photo courtesy of Fowler Museum, UCLA / TODD SIMON performes Ethio Jazz, August 14th, 2011

Posted in Ethiopian Jazz, photography, Todd Simon on August 10, 2011 by Listen Recovery

The Emperor on his way to hear the Duke. (Duke Ellington and his orchestra play for the Emperor of Ethiopia. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 1973 University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville) courtesy of the Fowler Museum.

by Todd Simon (Trumpeter / Arranger)


Todd Simon is a trumpeter, composer, and arranger, well-versed in the Ethiopian Jazz tradition, having performed with Mulatu Astatke for the inaugural Mochilla Timeless concert series. On this special occasion, Todd joins forces with friends for an afternoon of Ethiopian rhythms and melodies, paying homage to the golden era of Ethiopian Jazz, along with original compositions from Todd’s forthcoming project.

Todd Simon’s Ethio Cali Ensemble features:

TODD SIMON [trumpet/flugelhorn]
ALAN LIGHTNER [percussion/steel drums]

DJ Sonny Abegaze starts the set with traditional Ethiopian Jazz.

@ Fowler Museum at UCLA

August 14th (4pm – 7pm)

ART IN THE STREETS presented by The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA; photos by Renz De Madrugada, Part 2 of 2

Posted in arte universal / universal art, photography on August 8, 2011 by Listen Recovery

ART IN THE STREETS presented by The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA; photos by Renz De Madrugada, Part 1 of 2

Posted in arte universal / universal art, photography on August 4, 2011 by Listen Recovery

Jean-Michel Basquiat negatives by Nicholas Taylor 1979

Posted in Basquiat, photography on July 30, 2011 by Listen Recovery

This exhibition captures the friendship between artists Nicholas Taylor and Jean-Michel Basquiat, born under the pulsating lights of New York City’s famed Mudd Club in lower Manhattan in January, 1979. Twenty-eight historic photographs, shot on one roll of film, are being exhibited and traveled for the first time in their entirety. The accompanying text panels, written by Taylor, contextualize the historical significance of Basquiat – his eccentric behavior, obsessive hunger for fame and respect – in the vacuous art world of New York City in the 1980s, a time when there was little hope of escape…let alone, survival.


Photo Recap: EL PERÙ VIENE A TI 7-25-11 photos by Renz De Madrugada

Posted in Eva Ayllon, Events, Peru event, Peru Negro, photography on July 30, 2011 by Listen Recovery

BARETO (Cumbia Psicodelica Amazonica Limeña)

Peruvian Folklore showcase

the traditional ice-cream of Perù

and the traditional game…

ready for Eva.

Carlos & Marco

Hector Chumpitas & Marco Campos

Eva Ayllon band

Rich Spirit & Hector Chumpitas