more than three decades, Heinz Plenge has traveled Peru capturing
the most varied geographical, natural, historical, and cultural
aspects of this diverse country through his special sensitivity
and artistic vision, evidenced by the more than 150,000 images that
are the product of over a hundred expeditions to the tropical forests,
the Andes, the deserts, and the Peruvian coast and that are the
most complete photographic archive of the nature, archeology, and
peoples of Peru.
his passion for nature has compelled him to make direct decisions
for conserving the environment, turning him into a leader of innovative
conservation practices and of the fight against poverty in Peru,
in particular for promoting sustainable natural resources development
in rural and indigenous communities, proprietors of lands possessing
incredible potential for eco-tourism, such as the case of the Chaparri
Ecological Reserve, the first Private Conservation Area in Peru.
is considered to be the best nature photographer in Peru, and his
work has received recognition and won national and international
awards, for example, the prestigious German foundation Bruno H.
Schubert Environment Award, the Cambie Prize for the Arts awarded
by the Scientific University of the South, as well as his recognition
by the Coca-Cola Company for his work on the project, Coca-Cola
has furthermore published many books, whose titles include Peru
Wildlife (1993), The Golden Jalca (1998), Marvelous Peru (2001),
Birds of the Clouds (2004), Guide to the Wildlife of Chaparri (2005),
Jalca: The Andean Ecosystem (2006); he is currently editing the
book, From the Pacific to the Heart of the Amazon.
photographs have been used in publications of such prominent institutions
as the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the Smithsonian Institution, the
Field Museum of Chicago, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Conservation
International (CI), and BirdLife International, as well as having
been published in internationally renowned magazines such as National
Geographic (English and Spanish Edition), Geo (Germany, France,
Korea, and Spain), BBC Wildlife, Natural History, The New York Times
Magazine, Mother Jones, Conde Nast Traveler, Connoisseur, Terra,
Geomundo, Airone, Omega, Fotografie Draussen, Seven Seas, and World
his most famous photographic works are the discovery of the Lord
of Sipan and the rediscovery of the White-winged Guan. In addition,
his photo documentaries Homage to the Earth and Peru, the Rain Sanctuary,
have toured the world, spreading the word about the system of protected
areas, as well as the Peruvian Amazonian forests respectively.
photographs are published for a variety of purposes, but the most
important are those used to further education in Peru, such as those
used in textbooks and notebooks, as well as the ones that foster
appreciation for Peruvian nature like ones found in coffee table
books, calendars, and stamps. It is important to point out that
the governmental agency for the promotion of Peru, PromPeru, constantly
uses his photographs in their international dissemination campaigns.
has moreover presented more than thirty individual photographic
exhibitions in Europe, Asia, North, Central, and South America,
where his exhibition of Peru, the Rain Sanctuary for National Geographic
(Spanish edition) and Peruvian Wildlife presented by the Open Shutter
Gallery stand out.
he splits his time between his photographic/editor activities and
his administration of conservation and eco-tourism projects in northern