«Downtown Lima» originated as a documentary project on the visual ethnography of Lima, Peru. After some time, it shifted seamlessly into a vivid essay about the human condition in the city.
The series centres around Lima inhabitants and their daily life, from work to culture and customs. Lima is a dynamic city, and its dwellers differ in age, culture, and behaviour. Searching for the connection between individuals and their environment, Arturo Cañedo started taking pictures with flash and slow shutter speed. Features and ethnographic elements allow us to identify the process of linking the individual to the city. Opposed to it, using different techniques with artificial and natural light helps to take the narrative elsewhere. Together with the dynamics of street photography, flash and colour help to bring value to the countless facets of humanness on display.
Started more than five years ago, «Downtown Lima» is a work that the author plans on developing further as soon as the global emergency recedes.
Arturo Cañedo is a Peruvian photographer based in Lima, Peru. He graduated in Economics, and later he studied Painting and Drawing at the Art Museum of Lima. His economics background fits into his photography work by understanding both the human condition and the language of aesthetics. Painting and cinema were the arts able to capture his spirit as a child, and photography represented the ideal combination of both. For him, the photographic world is more than a profession—it expresses the best way to communicate with memories of the past and the hope for the future.
Consequent to his work as a documentary photographer, he works as a professor and photography consultant for more than ten years. To adjust to recent times, he has been conducting online photography workshops since the global emergency started.
Arturo Cañedo has won many awards in photography competitions all over the world. He was a finalist in photography fairs held in France, the United States, and Peru. He participated in exhibitions in Italy, Germany, India, and Peru.