In the backyard of one of South America’s busiest airports about 350 families lived in a humble neighborhood known as El Ayllu. At the beginning of March the land near Lima, Peru, was taken by eminent domain for the expansion of Jorge Chavez International Airport. The government doled out new homes and checks to the residents. From left, Arely Betzabe, 5, Ricardo Galvez and Giovanna Meneses Pisco pose for a photograph in front of their former home. They were back in the neighborhood visiting friends and stopped by to see their old home as it was in the process of being demolished. Photo by Elie Gardner
In this episode of ISO 400, we hear from Elie Gardner and Oscar Durand, a married pair of photojournalists who have been working together for the past five years. They began their career together in Lima, Peru in 2011, and worked there for four years, covering all kinds of different stories, from a massive aerobics class in a dangerous prison to conservation efforts to protect the Amazonian manatee. They published their work through Inti Media, a multimedia collective they founded. Towards the end of their time in Peru, they founded Everyday Latin America, an Instagram community dedicate to showing daily life in Latin America.
Earlier this year, they began a new chapter by moving to Istanbul, Turkey, where they’ve had to get used to not knowing the language entirely, though they are working on it.
A selection of their work and the episode are below. As always, our music is provided by Yuki Futami, a New York-based jazz musician.
Physical therapy is part of the Peruvian’s government program for elderly 65 and older. Here women attend a session in Chara, San Pablo, Cusco. Photo by Oscar Durand
Prisoners at Lurigancho Prison in Lima, Peru, known to be one of the most dangerous in the world, practice a sport called “Full Body” for three hours on June 14, 2013, attempting to set the world record for the most people simultaneously performing the exercise, whether inside a jail or not. Prisoner Alejandro Nunez del Arco was a fitness instructor before he was convicted of kidnapping and sentenced to jail for 15 years. Late last year he started small workshops to teach other prisoners the sport, which combines elements of dance, Tae Bo and kick boxing. Little by little the sport became the pride of the prison. On the day this photo was taken about 1200 prisoners participated, each cell block donning a different color uniform. Full Body is a sport/fitness program that was founded by Peruvian Roger Romero, who also participated alongside the prisoners. They await confirmation of the record. Photo by Elie Gardner
Every Friday afternoon papaya, banana, yuca and other agricultural products arrive by boat at Puerto Tambopata in Puerto Maldonado in the Peruvian Amazon. Photo by Elie Gardner
People in the Durbar Square area in Kathmandu, a month after a 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal. Photo by Oscar Durand
Street vendors in their daily routine in Basantapur, Kathmandu, Nepal. Photo by Elie Gardner
People relax at a public pool in the district of Comas in Lima, Peru on a Sunday afternoon during the summer season. This is one of Peru’s largest public pools and it is know as “The Sea of Comas”. Photo by Oscar Durand
Two condor caretakers wrap a condor in a blanket before taking it to the town for the Yawar Fiesta (Feast of Blood) celebrations in the Andean town of Coyllurqui, in Apurimac, Peru. This Peruvian tradition, that takes place annually in July during the Independence day celebrations, consists of capturing a condor and parading around town throughout the week. The highlight of the tradition is bullfighting with the condor strapped on top of the bull. For locals, the bull represents the Spanish and the condor the native population. The condor is freed in a ceremony called Cacharpari. Photo by Oscar Durand