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In the late 60’s through the 70’s Mexico City was growing at a rate of 24000 people a month. Most of these people were from rural areas and were subsistence farmers. Many were not familiar with indoor plumbing, the only electricity they knew was a bare bulb sometimes hanging outside their palm thatched huts. They came for work and were unprepared for the city. Many settled in Shanty Towns, called Lost Cities in Mexico, on the outskirts of the city. Cardboard, plastic, corrugated metal and scrap wood homes huddled closely together with open sewers running between them. They were constantly harrassed by the police and told me at night bulldozers would sometimes collapse the walls of the exterior huts. The government wanted them to move saying they would build housing but the residents didn’t trust them and had nowhere to go. The leader of this settklement of 5000 people was a school teacher who lived in the center of the maze with uzzi carrying security at different checkpoints as you were led through the maze. I spent a day inside the one of these settlements in the early 70’s getting to know the people and photographing them. This is a fairly typical one room dwelling although they had a pretty big bed compared to others.

Tri-X Scanned Film, Nikkormat Camera with either a 50 or 35 mm lens.


shanty towns, black and white, film, photojournalism, documentary, people, street


  • charitygrace
    charitygraceover 3 years ago

    Very moving

  • Thank You Charity, what surprised me most of all at the time was how upbeat these people were and the children were still children not really aware of their circumstances all they had ever known. tony

    – photosbytony

  • Joseph T. Meirose IV
    Joseph T. Meir...over 3 years ago

    Hey! Ya got the scanner. It does a fantasic job. What’s the rez of this? Well made photo of a very sad situation.

  • No sent them out to be scanned to a great place but it took forever to get them back, muyorder got mis-dated somehow. I had them do tiffs and jpegs, the B&W tiffs are12.8 megs and the color ones are 32 megs with
    All at 3000 DPI. Reasonably priced to. I think mine were.69 each because I got tiffs and jpegs but they have prices as low as .29. Scancafe

    – photosbytony

  • Valerie Rosen
    Valerie Rosenover 3 years ago

    wonderful work, tony! love when photojournalism is used to raise awareness…we can always be reminded to show compassion and have understanding… :-) val

  • Thanks Val, just had 300 negs scanned from 35 years ago so i am having fun today. :0) tony

    – photosbytony

  • dinghysailor1
    dinghysailor1over 3 years ago

    what quality in such circumstances .. a really moving capture


  • Thank You Maggie! It was a moving day but the people were so upbeat about us being there it made me question what right I ever had to get down on my bad days. tony

    – photosbytony

  • stephaniemwood
    stephaniemwoodover 3 years ago

    Definitely a shift in perspective. Nice shot.

  • Thank You Stephanie and thanks for the favorite! tony

    – photosbytony

  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Mooreover 3 years ago

    It’s wonderful to see that despite “conditions”, home is still where the heart is.
    Posters, framed pictures, hanging linens and blankets, bed, child— everything meaningful consolidated into one small space.

    Excellent photojournalism, Tony.

  • Thank You Frannie, they did their best to still create a home. tony

    – photosbytony

  • Tania Palermo
    Tania Palermoover 3 years ago

    ….very touching image and words….

  • Thank You Tania! tony

    – photosbytony

  • J.K. York
    J.K. Yorkover 3 years ago

    wow, powerful documentary image. hard to put words to it. i think it really speaks for itself. beyond all the technical mumbo jumbo you have captured emotion. well done.

  • Thanks JK, I am glad you apprecate it. tony

    – photosbytony

  • rodeorose
    rodeoroseover 3 years ago

    Tony this is such a strong piece my friend- documentary work and so full of compassion and Heart xxx

  • Thank You Rose! tony

    – photosbytony

  • berndt2
    berndt2over 3 years ago

    amazing photo and back-story!

  • Thank You Berndt! tony

    – photosbytony

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