Wednesday, July 23, 2008


20 pictures 110 x 95 cm.
228 digital images.

A warm morning of January 1992, in a factory of former PESCA PERU company in Chimbote, northern Peru, with the assistance of Francisco "Paco" Gallo, we  began the first "registers" of this PORTFOLIO.
Soon we went along our rute by streets, markets, factories, Lima, Arequipa, Puno, Cuzco, Trujillo....with the task to meet peruvians "of all the bloods" and of all the trades.
Our general idea seemed simple: "to disappear" as photographer, and to let the portrayed ones "to speak without words" in front of the camera. And later in front of You.

When this project was born?
...maybe already in the boarding school National School Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe (64-68), in Lima, where I shared several years with students coming from "all the corners" of Peru, and I begun to discover the wonderful and astonishing diversity of this country and its people.

Years later, surely, were my readings of Jose Maria Arguedas and his core concerns : the multirracial and pluriethnical nationallity,...the identity......
Our initial pilgrimage was cut short by the rise of the political violence.
Later other projects prevented us to retake the registry of peruvians.

When and how will conclude the project?...perhaps in form of a book -thought we years ago- a portraits album of peruvians of this time of searching for dialog, tolerance and development in democracy.


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"Antonio" said...


We all dream of a magical rose garden, far away on the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming today in our window.

The tragic thing that is always present in human nature is a tendency not to enjoy the simple things, but fundamental in life. We have given our energy on things that clearly seem rewarding, but in the long term, have little or no meaning. Beautiful and wonderful things happen to us every day. The sun today was born, the beauty of the evening, the beautiful smile on the face of your child healthy and bearing the same elements that can improve their quality of life, if only you stop to watch these things.

The line that separates one person happy and unhappy is the happy person focus their vision on those events meaningful and inspiring that has power in itself to bring a mystical beauty to its reality. These people know that there is a good God, loving, full of grace and truth, which has the world under his control. They know that the simplicity of life is what is the best of life.

Simplify your life is not difficult. All you need is the courage to invest just a little time on it. You can better connect with God and with yourself as separate daily fifteen to twenty minutes for a "quiet time". It's when you turn off the TV, radio, the buzz around it and a quest calm and quiet, is refreshing to find that you can bring so much vitality you need to face your new day. You will be fed, you will gain new perspectives and their simplicity of life - no doubt - will bring wonderful fruits.

That you have a wonderful day.

Antonio M Matioli

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Anonymous said...

Your only pictures they belong to the cobriza race. I am descended of the Incas and I can tell you that you have a RACIST VIEW because you see to my brothers just a poor workers.

My country is changed in recent years and this persons in your pictures TODAY have the power economic and their children have the opportunities they had not.

But in Perú there are always people like you who MAKE MONEY by showing the poverty ONLY of my brothers of cobriza race.

Fortunately my country is changing.

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