The Program in Latin American Studies presents a conversation with internationally acclaimed Chilean photographer, Paz Errázuriz, and Princeton professors Eduardo Cadava and Gabriela Nouzeilles.
Chilean photographer Paz Errázuriz began taking photographs in the 1970s during the Pinochet dictatorship, and in subsequent decades traveled extensively to document the landscape and people of Chile. Throughout her dedicated practice, Errázuriz became intimate with not only her home city, Santiago, but also Chile’s central valley, Patagonia, and Valparaíso, forming long-lasting relationships with her many subjects. Her commitment to her subjects is steadfast—she is known for spending months or years within a given community, building trust and carefully studying social structures. During the dictatorship her projects were in violation of the regulations imposed by the military regime, as she dared to visit underground brothels, shelters, psychiatric wards, and boxing clubs, where women were not welcome. Errázuriz has published several books including El Infarto del Alma (1993), La Manzana de Adán (1989), Kawésqar: Hijos de la Mujer Sol (2005), Amalia (1973), and Paz Errázuriz, fotografía 1982–2002 (2004). In 1981, she cofounded the Asociación de Fotógrafos Independientes. She was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1986, as well as a Fulbright grant in 1992. Her work has been exhibited worldwide, and in 2015 she and Lotty Rosenfeld represented Chile at the Venice Biennale. She was also awarded the 2015 PHotoEspaña Award and the Premio Nacional de Artes Plásticas in 2017.