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Taller Puertorriqueno : Laurence Salzmann : Misk’i Kachi RunaKuna // Sweet Salt People


Laurence Salzmann’s Misk’i Kachi Runakuna // Sweet Salt People photographs were made between 2016-2020 in multiple visits to Peru, including a four month period during which Salzmann was a Fullbright Fellow; his photographs explore the contemporary forms of an ancient Quechua speaking world. This world is characterized by an extraordinary symbiosis of natural beauty, human ingenuity, and ecological wisdom. Salzmann’s black and white photographs of the salt ponds are ethereal and abstract, inviting open-ended contemplation.

In the context of the current political climate in the U.S., Salzmann’s pictures Misk’i Kachi Runakuna // Sweet Salt People -sweet and salty- are filled with great power. They rebuke the ignorance and the arrogance so often visited on Spanish-speaking immigrants. They insist on a primary mutuality, dignity, humility. These photographs, like so much of his work from a remarkable career of nearly six decades, might be called a visual ethics for our times.

Jason Fransisco, essayist & photographer


Laurence Salzmann : Misk’i Kachi RunaKuna // Sweet Salt People

Until May 29th, 2021

Taller Puertorriqueno

2600 North 5th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19133


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