Martin Chambi (1891-1973) was a leading professional photographer in Cuzco, Peru, and the first Native American photographer to receive international acclaim. From the age of 14 he spent his entire working life - a career spanning half a century - taking photographs. In his work he recorded as much of Peruvian life, architecture and landscape as possible and it is this sincere dedication to the documentation of his people that renders him unique among his peers.
Photography is the visual medium of the modern world. It pervades our lives and shapes our perceptions. 55 is an ongoing series of beautifully produced, pocket-sized books that explore all aspects and styles of photography. They celebrate the world's most important photographers from the spheres of art, photojournalism, science, street photography, fashion photography and travel photography.
Each volume of 128 pages focuses on an individual master's life work and its development. It features 55 of their key works presented chronologically with an accessible introduction and critical commentaries, telling both the photographer's story and the story of the world that shaped their views.
Amanda Hopkinson is a writer, translator, curator and critic, whose area of speciality is Latin America. She is also International Literature Officer for the Arts Council of England and a Senior Research Fellow at Cardiff University.