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Valerio Bispuri October 27, 2011

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Peru.

Chorrillos Women’s Prison. Lima, Peru 2008

Valerio Bispuri (b.1971, Italy) graduated from university with degree in literature and has been a journalist and photo-reporter since 2001. Valerio’s photographs have been published in some of Italy’s major newspapers and magazines including: L’Espresso, Venerdi de Repubblica and L’Internazionale. His work has been exhibited in Italy, in Spain, Argentina and at Visa pour l’Image in 2011. Valerio recently received a special mention at the POYi Latin America. He is currently working on a story about the effects of the drug Paco or Pasta base de cocaína, that is killing many young people in South America.

About the Photograph:

“I made this photo in a woman’s prison in Lima, Peru. It’s part of a ten year project about seventy four prisons in Latin America. I first made contact with prisoners and guards and felt their fear and anger, but also their hope and indifference. Some convicts considered me a distraction, others looked at me with envy, others again with contempt because they thought that I was there only for taking pictures to sell of their confined life. Every jail was a way to tell the country from inside and outside. Even if everything seems to be just a reflex of violence, the contrast between life and violence belongs to one line. This corresponds to the history of South America.”