ollanta humala

Sunday I had my last opportunity to photograph presidential candidate Ollanta Humala before Sunday’s election. As the two candidates debated at the Marriott Hotel in Miraflores, supporters of both rallied on the streets outside the venue. The final poll had Humala and his opponent Keiko Fujimori in a tie.

ollanta humala peru presidential election

ollanta humala peru presidential election

ollanta humala peru presidential election

keiko fujimori

Sunday I had my last opportunity to photograph presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori before Sunday’s election. As the two candidates debated at the Marriott Hotel in Miraflores, supporters of both rallied on the streets outside the venue. The final poll had Fujimori and her opponent Ollanta Humala in a tie.

In the first image Fujimori is seen with her husband, a good ol’ Jersey boy from the US of A. Read a recent article about him in Time. If Fujimori is elected, he will become the first American “first gentleman” in the world.

keiko fujimori peru presidential election

keiko fujimori peru presidential election

keiko fujimori peru presidential election

chinese peruvian food = chifa

World renowned Peruvian chef Gastón Acurio opened Madam Tusan in April. It offers a variety of food known in Peru as “chifa” – Chinese Peruvian food. The word Tusan referes to the children of Chinese immigrants in Perú. I shot this video for Living in Peru. Check out the full story written by Jorge Riveros-Cayo (it’s in English!).

belén

Belén. A city of 50,000 within another city. A city of immigrants from smaller Amazonian communities. A city that knows two seasons, rainy and dry. In one season its inhabitants walk on worn paths of dirt. In the other they walk across planks of wood, over water. Many of the houses are twice the size during the dry season. Water fills the first story of the homes so life continues on the second floor until the water receeds. Other homes float, anchored to pieces of wood. The water becomes a road for boats and floating restaurants and markets to pass. Women wash clothes and dishes in the water as children take turns jumping in for an afternoon cool down. The outhouse several feet away ends up in the woman’s sink, the children’s pool. A man from Belén smiles and says, “We are the Venice of Perú.”

belen iquitos peru

belen iquitos peru

belen iquitos peru

janeth

I met Janeth back in January. She’s one of many women whose life has been changed by an NGO named Pro Mujer. An initial loan of $150 got Janeth started in the chocolate business. She makes truffles and chocolate lollipops as well as handmade gift boxes. Best part? She doesn’t like chocolate. I guess there’s a bright side to that. If I tried to make it as a chocolatier there wouldn’t be much product left to sell…!

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