Featured in “Tone It Down” 4/18/11

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.


  • Istvan froghunter
    Istvan froghunterover 3 years ago

    Awesome shot Tony!

  • Thank You Istvan! tony

    – photosbytony

  • Damienne Bingham
    Damienne Binghamover 3 years ago

    Beautiful portrait Tony, what interesting faces! You have captured so many stories in your work!

  • Thank you for the wonderful comment, guess it is my photojounalism background. Early on an editor told me you aren’t taking just pictures here, you need to tell the story. tony

    – photosbytony

  • infiniteme
    infinitemeover 3 years ago

    Great story :-) – the little guy at the back looks almost jealous of the one taking all the limelight!….oh and check out the 70’s wide lapels…

  • He does, doesn’t he, certainly looks left out! Thank You, tony

    – photosbytony

  • oulgundog
    oulgundogover 3 years ago

  • Larry  Grayam
    Larry Grayamover 3 years ago

    Congratulations 4/18/11

  • Thanks so much Larry! I apologize for the late reply. I just returned from a trip to visit my first grandchild, Max, and was out of touch with RB for a few weeks! tony

    – photosbytony

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

    The child in front is just as cute as he can be. But after looking again, it is funny that some of the kids are sort of questioning that guy behind the camera maybe. Love it.

    Good to see you back in RB and wonderful to see this submitted to Solo. I’m a big fan.

  • Thank You Fran, don’t think they were accustomed to having a camera stuck in their faces that is for sure but that guy in front had no inhibitions that is for sure. tony

    – photosbytony

  • Jacqueline Ison
    Jacqueline Isonover 3 years ago

    Excellent work Tony!! And I love the historical context you bring to this. Would love to see some related images streamed together.

  • Not sure how I could stream them together but have 5 or 6 of them here

    – photosbytony

  • Oops thanks for the great comment Jacqueline and the favorite! tony

    – photosbytony

  • Jacqueline Ison
    Jacqueline Isonover 3 years ago

    Ah yes, of course, I remember that one now! I am talking about streaming those images the same way you did on that one in the script area…..do that for as many as you wish or all if you like and submit them [just spread them out] into the group…..it’s such magnificent work. We would love to showcase more of them.

  • Dieter Tracey
    Dieter Traceyover 3 years ago

    Wonderful work

  • Thank You Deiter ! tony

    – photosbytony

  • nudegayguy
    nudegayguyover 1 year ago

    Great smile on that cutie.

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