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Featured in “Exquisition” 3/2/11
Featured in “Life in the City, Suburbs, or Bush”

  • Nominated for “Sojie 17”*

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 settlement 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.
They asked me to take a picture and wanted to make sure the youngest would be seen.

Nikkormat with 100mm Nikkor lens and Tri-x film

Comments

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

    My gosh, the children look so scared, distrusting yet questioning. Even the baby seems to sense it. Look at those strong little arms with muscle at so young an age, maybe from carrying the baby, or… maybe a work load? The eyes say so much. I admit to getting choked after looking at it for a few minutes.

  • Thanks Frannie, She was very protective and proud of the baby so maybe she did carry it often.. She was a strong little girl and not ujust physically. She walked up and asked that I take a picture and then tried to hold the baby to mkae sure he was in the picture. The two in the back were only there because she insisted. tony

    – photosbytony

  • The kids in most of the other photos are smiling and happy. I have some photos of a large group of them outside the confines of the Shanty town where they were playing in the dirt with their fists up in the air with the power salute all smiling.

    – photosbytony

  • Danica Radman
    Danica Radmanover 3 years ago

    congratulations from your hosts

    amazing capture

  • Thank You so much Danica, very honored to be featured! tony

    – photosbytony

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 3 years ago

    CONGRATULATIONS on your lovely feature, great work.

  • Thank You Andrea! tony

    – photosbytony

  • Trish Threlfall
    Trish Threlfallover 3 years ago

    awesome capture :))

  • Thanks again Trish! tony

    – photosbytony

  • Susan  Morry
    Susan Morryover 3 years ago

    I love this photo Tonya…Very powerful…

    Susan
    p.s. You commented on my photos

  • Thank You very much ! tony

    – photosbytony

  • Sandra Moore
    Sandra Mooreover 3 years ago

    congrats on your feature, wonderful work!

  • Thank You Sandra, tony

    – photosbytony

  • Rene Hales
    Rene Halesover 3 years ago

  • Thank You Renee! tony

    – photosbytony

  • AlineGason Aline
    AlineGason Alineover 3 years ago

    très belle photo !

  • Thanks so much Gason! tony

    – photosbytony

  • rodeorose
    rodeoroseover 3 years ago

    Tony your shots from this period in your life are among your most moving my friend. This takes me to all sorts of places…

  • Hi Rose and thank you for the wonderful comment! Home from visiting my new and first grandson, trying to catch up here on RB. tony

    – photosbytony

  • oulgundog
    oulgundogover 3 years ago

    And still nothing changes .. …

  • Thanks, fourty years later and it is changed, it is much worse! tony

    – photosbytony

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