"Church and State: Semana Santa in Cusco" documents the sacred rituals of Holy Week and the untertwined governmental presence, primarily in the form of policy and military units.
Beginning with the liturgy and processions of Palm Sunday and the annual remembrance on Monday of the Lord of the Terblores (Earthquakes), the photographic journey continues with a mid-week hourney to the surrounding communities. Holy Thursday and Good Friday rituals come next, with Semana Santa concluding with the great feast of Easter, celebrated as much by flag raising and a military parade as by the Mass.
Chuck Kirchner is a photographer and photo educator based on Bainbridge Island, Washington. His photographs have been exhibited at a number of venues, including the new Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, and have been published in local and national publications, including Popular Photography and the Alaska Airlines magazine. He has traveled the world for both pleasure and business and been to all 50 states and over 40 countries, camera in hand. Chuck offers photography workshops for both adults and children.