Florence Goupil is a Peruvian documentary photographer based in Cusco, Peru. Her work is primarily focused on human rights, ethnobotany, the environment and the living memory of the indigenous people of the Amazon and the Andes in Peru and Latin America.
As an Explorer and contributor to National Geographic Magazine; her work has been exhibited at ICP, Photoville and the Bronx Documentary Center. She is a regular contributor to National Geographic Magazine, UNICEF, Liberation, Le Monde; and her work has been published in Polka Magazine, The British Journal of Photography, Fisheye, Atmos, among others. In 2020 she received a grant from the National Geographic Society and the Pulitzer Center Rainforest Journalism Fund Grant. That same year she was recognized by the Getty Images Reportage Grant and by the PhMuseum Women Photographer. In 2021, she received an honorable mention from POY Latam as Ibero-American Photographer of the Year and later the Nouvelles Écritures award from La Gacilly Festival in France.
In 2023, Florence was invited as a speaker at the National Geographic Summit in Washington DC, where she presented her project “Qutiy, Returning to the Land” on Native American corn. In July, her awarded documentary short film “Cumbia’s Day” was presented at the Manuel Rivera Ortiz Foundation during Les Rencontres pour l’image de Arles, in France.
This same year, she received two Pulitzer Center Dom Phillips Reporting grants to work on the Brazil-Peru border about the uncontacted peoples of the Amazon.
Returning to the Land
Returning to the Land is a documentary series about the rites of the native American corn. About the spiritual relationship of the Quechua, Wari, Otomi, Nahua and Mixe indigenous peoples with the seed that gave beginning to time, to the agricultural cycles. Seed with which they observed the skies and the stars to dream with the spirit of the Earth. The moment we become aware of the relationship of the indigenous farmers with biodiversity, we will understand how they have preserved more than 54 varieties of corn in Peru and 65 in Mexico over more than 8,700 years and how these two territories are related.