We are pleased to present Street Trades, Lima Style, a solo exhibition by Peruvian photographer Charo Echecopar celebrating the protagonists of the various trades, thriving daily in the streets of Lima. The exhibition is the result of two years work. Echecopar is particularly inspired by the creativeness and perseverance of these tradesmen, which is born out of a desire to move forward. Solely by placing color on the tools of their trade, Echecopar aims to highlight their creativity and convey the happiness she discovers in them. Their black and white environments refer to the idea of Lima as a gray city, colored by street trades. It is a humane gaze towards these champions of various trades, some surviving as remnants of colonial times and others created by their ingenuity and industriousness.
Born in Lima, Peru, Echecopar began practicing photography at twenty and has a degree in graphic design from Instituto Montemar in Lima. She has received several awards in national juried competitions; most recently she was awarded First Prize in the 2010 Photo Expo, sponsored by the Municipality of San Isidro in Peru. She is the author of Lima Style Jobs, the book accompanying this exhibition, which includes introductory texts by acclaimed Peruvian writer Ricardo Palma. Better known for his book Peruvian Traditions, Palma sets the stage for the 84 images by Echecopar featured in the book. Together, these texts and photographs take readers on a journey which explores the characters, their hopes, their daily routine, their creativity, and the historical role of street trades in Peruvian society.