Exhibit honors Jose D’Angelo, Peru photography pioneer

After around a century of collecting dust, a Peruvian amateur photographer’s work has come to the spotlight in an unprecedented exhibition titled “Estereografias. El mundo en 3D del señor Jose D’Angelo.”

The exhibit that runs till 17th May at Peruvian Catholic University Cultural Center in Lima, features twenty of the over three-hundred three-dimensional photographs earlier spotted just by D’Angelo’s relatives, said curator Jokin Aspuru.

D’Angelo, born in Ascope town in La Libertad’s northern region traveled throughout Peru as a banker. In his off time, he takes snaps of the places he visited, making a important and serious archive documenting social and family customs of the time, said Aspuru.

D’Angelo engaged a binocular camera which takes simultaneous snapshots from slightly displaced places, said that curator. Aspuru said that once the images are placed in the stereoscope, the brain works to match the distance between them, creating the illusion of three dimensions. Aspuru added that D’Angelo was an organized, rigorous and meticulous photographer who classified all his material according to the subject of his photographs.

Inside, there were more than three-hundred stereoscopic plates along with snaps taken between 1915 and 1930, clearly classified with tags marking sections, like “Lima”, “Miscellaneous” and “Family.” Aspuru added that D’Angelo was always an amateur photographer, but he took photography very seriously. He knew what he was doing. He would take pictures of social and political events, processions and carnivals.