A heartfelt apology to photographer Monica Vanthoff

A heartfelt apology to photographer Monica Vanthoff

There is a new Blog that has come to our attention that anyone interested in Peruvian weaving crafts should check out. It’s The Loom, published by Monica Vanthoff, owner of Peru Art Australia, which promotes and sells, among other products, the shawls and scarves produced by the Parubamba Weavers Association in Cusco.

Monica is also an extremely accomplished photographer, which is how we learned about her under very awkward and contrite circumstances. She complained that a Peruvian Travel Trends video featured her photos of Hualhuas, Huancayo, without having first obtained her permission or identifying her as the creator of the images.

This is very embarrassing for Fertur Peru Travel, as it should be. And even though Monica — who was very gracious in her message to us — asked only that we credit her photos, we want to take it a step further and offer her our sincerest apologies.

Rick Vecchio
Director Development & Marketing
Fertur Peru Travel


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Authored by: Rick Vecchio

Rick Vecchio, Fertur’s director of development and marketing, was educated at the New School for Social Research and Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. He worked for Pacifica Radio WBAI and as a daily reporter for newspapers in New Jersey, New York and Massachusetts. Then in 1996, he decided it was time to realize a life-long dream of traveling to Peru. He never went back. While serving as Peru country manager for the South American Explorers from 1997-1999, he fell in love with Fertur's founder, Siduith Ferrer, and they married. Over the next six years, he worked as a correspondent for The Associated Press. Meanwhile, Siduith built the business, which he joined in January 2007. Now he designs custom educational and adventure tour packages for corporate and institutional clients, oversees Fertur’s Internet platform and occasionally leads special trips, always with an eye open for a good story to write about.

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  1. Monica Vanthoff at 7:59 pm

    Hi Rick,
    Thank you very much for your kind words and deeply appreciate you acknowledge that your company (Fertur) used some of my photos in a video without my consent. Apologies accepted.
    I am happy to share my photos from my travels to Peru, as long as I am contacted and acknowledged as the author, that is all I ask.
    A final note. I have watched your videos of Peru and have enjoyed them. I am an also an avid videographer and enjoy watching other people’s work. Nice videos. Thanks again, Monica Vanthoff.

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