Peru and Other Places

"[Rosalind Fox Solomon's] portraits of American politicians...set forth the banality and vulnerability of those who hold power, presenting them in a décor over which they exert no real control, a fact which does not seem to worry them. In these portraits, part of her series on Washington DC, there is nothing candid about the presentation of the public persona in unusual settings or poses...Solomon's gaze operates similarly whether the image is that of a congressman in his office, of Rosalynn Carter in the presidential airplane, of the first television set in a home in Ladakh or of the tourist hotel of Chavin destroyed by a Sendero Luminoso (shining path) bomb.

Solomon's oeuvre adds a new chapter and contributes a singular vision to the history of photography in a country which, like Peru, has been portrayed by many other important photographers of this century. each has supplied a particular portrayal of this place, ranging from Werner Bischoff's Andean pastoralism, Irving Penn's typological exquisiteness and Robert Frank's uprooted vision, to Aaron Siskin's and Minor White's faith in the real as an aesthetic experience and Edward Ranney's evocative landscapes of the past."

- Natalia Majluf/Jorge Villacorta, excerpted from the Museo de Arte de Lima exhibition catalogue, 1996.