An Aymara Indian, Full-Length, Standing, Facing Slightly Right, Bolivia


This photograph from the Frank and Frances Carpenter Collection at the Library of Congress depicts an Aymara Indian in Bolivia in the early part of the 20th century. Frank G. Carpenter (1855–1924) was an American writer of books on travel and world geography, whose works helped to popularize cultural anthropology and geography in the United States in the early years of the 20th century. Consisting of photographs taken and gathered by Carpenter and his daughter Frances (1890–1972) to illustrate his writings, the collection includes an estimated 16,800 photographs and 7,000 glass and film negatives. The Aymara are an ancient South American Indian people that historically inhabited the plateau of the central Andes in Bolivia and Peru. The photograph is by Max T. Vargas, a noted Peruvian photographer and postcard publisher who worked in La Paz, Bolivia, in the early part of the 20th century.

Last updated: February 12, 2016