Galería Martin Chambi en Scotiabank

Galería Martin Chambi en Scotiabank, Cusco: Address, Phone Number, Galería Martin Chambi en Scotiabank Reviews: 4.5/5

Galería Martin Chambi en Scotiabank

Galería Martin Chambi en Scotiabank
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12 reviews
Very good

New York206 contributions
Worth a visit
Mar 2016 • Couples
This is not a well known spot for tourists, but worth a visit. The space is lovely in and old colonial building and there are three rooms of photos reached by and interior balcony. The work is magnificent and if you are lucky you may be the only ones there.
Written April 25, 2016
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Martin C
Goulburn, Australia34 contributions
Not what you expect in a Bank!
Oct 2014 • Couples
There are large Martin Chambi photographs near most of the major tourist attractions in Cusco showing what they looked like in the 1920's. However only one of the three rooms of photos in this small museum located upstairs in the Scotiabank building has photographs of this type - the rest are either studio photos or the pictures he took of people and daily life. These are interesting in their own right.
Written December 9, 2014
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Jeff C
London, UK77 contributions
a moment of calm and insights
Jun 2014 • Couples
Having duly appreciated and enquired about the many beautiful photographs displayed on the walls of the Garden House Hotel in Cusco where we were staying, it was with a lot of pleasure and a little surprise - as we had never heard of its existence- that, upon asking our wonderful hostess, Ceci, to recommend something "not just for tourists but somehting that a real inhabitant of Cusco might enjoy",we heard her suggest "why not visit the Chambi photo Gallery? This way you will have a chance to see more photos such as these". So off we went!
It was a very convenient visit too. It being just a small gallery and conveniently located, it is something we enjoyed very much, tucking it as we did at the end of a day spent visiting Cusco, while waiting for our chosen restaurant to open for the evening. The Galleria is in the town centre, not far from Plaza de Armas. It is situated on top of a branch of Scotiabank and quite incongrously, you need actually to enter the bank and find the door to the (quaint) inner courtyard before a sign to the gallery appears. Up a flight of stairs, and we entered a different world. Gone were the violent colours, bright lights and the hustle and bustle of the bank, gone were the noises of the town, gone were the cold night air, the rain, gone was time. At the end of a sober gallery was a little desk with an attendant. We payed our 10 soles each and went in. What a great time we had!
The photos are beautiful artworks, something that any keen photographer would be happy to spend time with. Most are in black and white as the collection of 50 prints (a small but representative part of the Chambi's back catalogue) was taken between the 1920's and the 1950's. At the desk, you are given a leaflet available in English giving details of Chambi's life and work.
For anyone interested either in social history or the history of Cusco and the Andes the collection constitues a fascinating narrative, an insight into something at the heart of Peruvian culture. We came out refreshed by the atmosphere of quiet contemplation (helped by the fact that there were virtually no other visitor there at that time) but also feeling that we had gained a better understanding of the town, people and landscapes around us. The whole visit took us about an hour but equally, we would have been happy spending longer if we had had the time. For those who like it quiet, real and interesting, it hardly comes better than this.
Written July 26, 2014
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