Peru – Photo Tip

Have a purpose

Cusco has a fast-growing population of around 435,000, with around half of them indigenous people and another 37 percent mestizo – mixed Amerindian and white. The city's rapid growth is due to an influx of farming families from the impoverished countryside.

Photo by Hervé Hughes

Peru – Photo Tip

Have a purpose

After starting my career as a photographer in the world of sport, I turned towards travel in 1992.

Hervé Hughes
Hervé Hughes Travel Writer

I published many books on France and its heritage, and am former picture editor of the French photo agency Hemis, but began to live in Peru in 2009. Today, I share my life as a photographer with a commitment to Jolanda van den Berg and the Niños Unidos Peruanos Foundation in Cusco.

In contact daily with the 600 underprivileged children supported by the foundation, I was able to work naturally on the theme of childhood. That’s how the book project NIÑOS was born, a series of portraits of the children from which these two images are taken.

French writer Jean Cavé wrote: “[Hervé] used to be a reporter specializing in images of the most beautiful and remote landscapes on earth. Meeting the children of Cusco, he was struck with the fact that the faces and landscapes are alike, the same promises and same harshness, the same soil waiting to be harvested, the same souls longing for joy. To take a picture of a child is to frame the future, depending on our generosity to make it bright or bleak…”

All proceeds from the sale of the book are donated to the Niños Unidos Peruanos Foundation.

Dutchwoman Jolanda van den Berg started Cusco's Niños Unidos Peruanos Foundation in 1996 to look...

Dutchwoman Jolanda van den Berg started Cusco's Niños Unidos Peruanos Foundation in 1996 to look after street children. With a team of 80 Peruvian helpers, she now supports 600 children with two meals a day and schooling. Photo by Hervé Hughes

Hervé Hughes

Hervé Hughes

Nikon D700

Aperture
ƒ/5.6
Exposure
1/100
ISO
500
Focal
24 mm
Flash
Yes

Dutchwoman Jolanda van den Berg started Cusco's Niños Unidos Peruanos Foundation in 1996 to look after street children. With a team of 80 Peruvian helpers, she now supports 600 children with two meals a day and schooling.