The field of photography in the Andean region manifested through several distinct forms including stereographs, portraits, and photographic documentation. This page approaches the history of photography in the Andes through Dr. Juan Leal-Ugalde's commentary on several stereograph cards found at the Library's Prints and Photographs Division.
As an Assistant Professor of Spanish in the Department of World Languages and Cultures at Elon University, Dr. Juan Leal-Ugalde has conducted extensive research in Latin American visual culture and films, as well as other Indigenous, multidisciplinary projects that relate to photography and visual arts. Provided below for deeper immersion into photography in the Andes are textual and visual materials mentioned in the interview with Dr. Leal-Ugalde, as well as other photography-based collections at the Library.
In this interview, Dr. Juan Leal-Ugalde deconstructs the history and meaning behind certain stereographic images within the Library's digital collections. His work on Andean photography provides us with a new, insightful lens to contextualize these materials.
The items below include the books Professor Leal-Ugalde mentioned during his presentation on stereographs about the Peruvian Andes, as well as, other photography-based collections that can be found at the Library's Prints and Photographs Division.
The Prints and Photographs Division is the repository for a rich collection of prints, photographs, and other visual materials on and about the Andean region encompassing the geographic regions of Ecuador, Colombia, Bolivia, Peru, and parts of Argentina and Chile. Many of these items have been digitized and are available to researchers online.
Staff in the Hispanic Reading Room can provide access to the materials located at the Library of Congress. If you cannot visit the us in person send us a message through Ask a Librarian to further assist you.