My Favorite Portraits of 2018 - Andean Quechua Woman working her Claim / by Ed Shanahan

High in the Andean Mountains of Peru near the Sacred Valley, lie the Maras Salt Flats, said to house the best salt in the world. For many years local Quechua mined the flats to supplement their income. When the Spaniards conquered Peru, the Quechua lost their claims but continued to work their flats, albeit for the Spaniards. After Peru’s independence and land reform acts, the salt flats reverted to the Quechua people who continue to work their ponds. This photo is of a woman carrying a bag of salt while she steps carefully between the ponds which are not labeled but whose ownership is known to all.

Quechua woman working her claim in the Maras Salt Flats, Peru