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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. There are more people living in shantytowns worldwide than any other time in history.

Tri-X Scanned Film, Nikkormat Camera with a 50 mm lens


film, shantytown, black and white, photojournalism, documentary, street, mexico, family, people


  • TatumWulff
    TatumWulffover 3 years ago

    Great image Tony!! great music too!! ;-))

  • Thank you so much Tatum, glad you liked the music! Did you see the movie, great cinematography, wonderful movie! tony

    – photosbytony

  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganover 3 years ago

    amazing shot

  • Thanks again Martina, appreciate your support! tony

    – photosbytony

  • oulgundog
    oulgundogover 3 years ago

  • Thank You Steve! tony

    – photosbytony

  • rodeorose
    rodeoroseover 3 years ago

    Such a perfect shot my friend- just very moving. Enjoyed that film so much, and naturally the book. Hope the week is going easy on you Tony and you are enjoying time with Max XXXXXXXXXX

  • Loved the time with Max, Rose! It was an amazing experience to go from having my Mom die in my arms and two days later holding my week old grandson. Glad you enjoyed the photo! tony

    – photosbytony

  • Joseph  Tillman
    Joseph Tillmanalmost 2 years ago

  • Thomas Barker-Detwiler
    Thomas Barker-...over 1 year ago

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