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Valerio Bispuri October 27, 2011

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Peru.
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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.”