BEIJING - Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski Wednesday inaugurated the photo exhibition "Memoria del Peru: 1890-1950" (Memory of Peru: 1890-1950) at the Capital Library in Beijing.
It is a collection of famous images from the end of the 19th century to the beginning of the 20th century, showcasing history and day-to-day life in the Andean country.
Kuczynski, who used the occasion to also briefly meet with the Peruvian community in Beijing, thanked the library officials for provide space for "this little presence from Peru in the center of Beijing".
The president recalled that his family has an interesting photo archive dating back to the era, as his father - German doctor Maxime Hans Kuczynski - was a pioneer in treating tropical diseases and spent time in the Peruvian Amazons in the 1930s.
The exhibition, which runs until Sept. 18, displays some of the best pictures of what is called 'the golden age of Peruvian photography', featuring works by some of the biggest exponents such as Martin Chambi, Carlos and Miguel Vargas, Walter O. Runcie, and Sebastian Rodriguez.
The images, which have also been exhibited in other cities around the world, show the phenomena that marked the dawn of contemporary age in Peru, including the migration of indigenous people to the cities, the arrival of Chinese workers and social unrest.
The photos depict day-to-day life, including women shearing wool in Arequipa, the tough life of miners at San Cristobal in the 1930s, and celebrations such as the Three Kings' Day in Huancavelica city.
The exhibition commemorates the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between Peru and China, and was marked by Peruvian gastronomical delights such as ceviche, causa limena, alfajores and pisco sour.