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PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBIT "SELF PORTRAIT OF A NATION"

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“As director of the ReVista, Harvard Review of Latin America, I look at hundreds of photographs. These are photos taken by students, professionals, teachers, young people in workshops, and journalists with cameras. Many are photos captured sometimes with a certain distance, with some exoticism, with much curiosity.

Of Cuba there are inevitably photos of old cars, of Peru of Machu Picchu, of Colombia of war and the peace process; there are pictures of poverty and adorable children. And from time to time there are photos with a special look.

I learned about the Ojos Propios (Self Portrait of a Nation) program by Cynthia Sanborn, Vice-Rector of Research at Universidad del Pacífico in Lima, when I was organizing a ReVista issue on mining. I discovered the keen eyes of the project's youth who documented the transfer of the village of Morococha to a mining company.

I published several photos of the Ojos Propios members in that number and when I decided to do a number about Peru, I invited the group photographers to compete. I discovered in his images a rural, urban, poor, rich, tender, contrasting Peru, a Peru seen by Peruvians from every corner of the country.

And while I looked at the photos, I discovered why the organization is called Ojos Propios. Because, you see, they are eyes of their own. They are winners of the prize for the best emerging photographer that our Magazine delivers annually for two consecutive times."

- June Carolyn Erlick

Editor-in-Chief
ReVista, the Harvard Review of Latin America
David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies

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