Jarque Krebs | Pedro

Pedro Jarque Krebs is a photographer who was born in Lima, Peru, and specializes in animal portraits. He graduated from the Sorbonne University in Paris with a degree in Philosophy of Science, and took courses in Art History and Archeology. In 1984, he won the Municipality of Lima award for black and white photography. Since that time, Pedro Jarque has received more than 110 prizes and recognitions, 31 gold medals, 10 silver medals, and 6 bronze medals, in addition to many honorable mentions, and has been a finalist of the most important international photography competitions. Among these are the Sony World Photography Awards, whose Peru National Award he won two years in a row, in 2018 and 2019; the 2018 Bird Photographer of the Year competition (United Kingdom), where he was the overall winner; Montier Festival Photo (France) in 2018, Oasis Photo Contest (Italy) in 2017; the Sente-Antu Cup (China) in 2018, and the Trierenberg Super Circuit (Austria) in 2018. He was a finalist four years in a row of the Smithsonian Annual Photo Contest (United States). In October 2016, he was named photographer of the month by National Geographic, France. He has taken part in a large number of collective and individual exhibitions around the world.


Intimate animal portraits depict ‚fragility‘ of the natural world

Pedro Jarque Krebs always dreamed of getting nature’s greatest beasts into the studio for a photo shoot. But with all the practical and ethical challenges involved, the Peruvian wildlife photographer instead settled for the next best thing: using digital tools to turn his images into stunning, candid portraits. Captured both in the wild and in captivity, Krebs‘ images span a multitude of creatures — from marine birds and big cats, to reptiles and great apes. Some of the pictures benefit from naturally dark environments, while others have had their natural surroundings removed in post-production. (…) The images occasionally depict dangerous animals at their most ferocious — lions, leopards and crocodiles mid-roar — but they more often hint at something more vulnerable. The dignified expressions on display seem to anthropomorphize Krebs‘ subjects, be it a sage-looking lemur or a mournful orangutan. (…) These experiences have led Krebs to the conclusion that animals possess a „consciousness very similar to ours.“ Taking aim at the climate crisis and, more broadly, the impact of human activity on animal life, the photographer sees his work as an environmental call-to-arms.

– CNN International

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