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.
More of Elie’s work can be found on her website and on Instagram @eliegardner. For more of Oscar’s work, you can check out his website and his Instagram @oscardurand.
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.