The Argentine Puna
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The Argentine Puna is a world of its own, a remote and neglected part of the country that had not been portrayed in a photographic essay until now.
The Quechua word “puna” means “high land.” This high plateau, over 3,000 meters above sea level, is dominated by Andes peaks that rise to heights of 4,000 to 6,000 meters. A continuation of the great Bolivian Altiplano, the Argentine Puna extends over the west of Jujuy, Salta and Catamarca.
Bonifacio del Carril has traveled around the region, photographing its desolate and imposing scenery: salt flats, eternal snows, lava cones, lunar landscapes, milky lagoons populated by flamingos and vast bleak moors grazed by elegant vicuñas. Despite the cold and the persistent wind, the intensity of solar radiation and the thin air at that altitude, the Puna has been inhabited by man for thousands of years, and is the site of native ruins, colonial churches and ghost mining towns. It has been described as Argentina’s Tibet.
Photography & Text: Bonifacio Del Carril
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