Faces of Celebration is a collection of photographs taken at festivals throughout Peru in 2008, including the annual rebuilding of the Keshwa Chaca - the last remaining Inca straw bridge, the remarkable Festival de Tinajani - which attracts dancers and musicians from Peru, Bolivia, and Chile, and the numerous traditional and religious events in the streets and plazas of Cusco.
As I attempted to document the spirit and action of these celebrations, the images also captured the determination and focus, the exhaustion and pain, the humor and mystery, and the enthusiasm and joy on the faces of the participants. But more often than not, they recorded the ubiquitous smiles of the Peruvian people.
Doug Klostermann is a travel, culture, and humanitarian photographer dedicated to documenting the work of international aid organizations. He has photographed for numerous organizations in Latin America and the United States, been recognized by the United Nations Development Programme for his humanitarian photography, and been published in magazines and books including Conde Nast Traveler, Sherman's Travel, South American Explorer, and Viva Travel Guides. He also lectures and gives instruction on digital photography. Doug is a member of the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA). Learn more about photography techniques and equipment on his blog Picturing Change at dojoklo.wordpress.com and view his photography at dojoklo.com