A photographer’s travels in Bolivia and Peru, working on a documentary project about miners.

IN 2006 AND 2007 I TRAVELED around South America with a heavy typewriter and a bag of film, intermittently working and settling in places I liked.

I came back with piles of papers and negatives, a strange Spanish accent, and a slew of projects to do. One of these which I’m finally getting around to now is a photo documentary project about the miners of Potosi, Bolivia. A place of superlatives both exciting and terrifying – highest city in the world, used to be richest city in the world, biggest silver deposit, poorest city in Bolivia now – Potosi is a historical wonder struggling to stay afloat both in reality and in our collective memories.

I want to tell its story as it stands now, keeping in mind its historical context and its uncertain future. But I need some help! Please help fund this project and get prints in exchange: you can find more information at Kickstarter.com. Below are photos from my last trip.

1

Homage to La Paz

Two women look on during an homage to La Paz in Tarija, Bolivia. A giant military procession was led by a small Virgin Mary statuette dressed in camouflage.

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Woman in La Paz

A woman looks on during the Homage to La Paz, Tarija, Bolivia.

3

Potosi

A miner rests outside his shaft at the Cerro Rico mine, in Potosi, Bolivia. Although there are rails, most ore-filled trolleys have to be pushed along them manually.

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Sunset

Kids play during sunset in Potosi, Bolivia.

5

Snack stand

A man talks to a departing bus (not seen) in front one of the ubiquitous snack stands found throughout Bolivia.

6

Mother's Day

During Mother's Day in Cusco, Peru, children put on shows for the extended family's mothers during a cookout.

7

In La Paz

Andres, from Chile, in front of a restaurant in La Paz, Bolivia.

8

Hostel Uyuni

A hostel in Uyuni, Bolivia.

9

Bridge in Peru

Every year this bridge, hanging over the Apurimac River, in Peru, is rebuilt during a festival dedicated to it. The technique and location is the same as those used by the Incas.

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Pray

A boy stops to pray at one of the stations of the cross at a pilgrimage festival held at the base of Mount Ausangate

11

Pilgrimage festival

Horses and people mingle in the camp that sits at the base of Mount Ausangate, during a pilgrimage festival.

12

Machu Picchu

Jose Gabriel, from Lima, visits Machu Picchu for the first time. Peru.

13

Orphanage

A girl who attended a non-profit funded school, in Cusco, Peru.

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