Julia Klug is an activist who has been spearheading a call for justice against pedophile priests in Mexico's Catholic church. A victim herself of abuse as a child she executes her efforts to bring attention to corruption within the Church and in the Mexican government while facing threats from those unsympathetic to her cause.
In late 2015 my wife and I were invited to join a friend and his wife --Juan and Esther-- on a two-hour excursion outside Mexico City in San Rafael Atlixco. For days he nostalgically took us on a tour down memory lane detailing his family history and upbringing against the backdrop a place that had once been very commercially active in the 20th Century; it had been the town's golden century, that is until the French operation went belly up.
Knowing my obsession for meeting people and documenting life, Juan took me to meet the owners of a local bakery walking distance from his spacious and recently renovated weekend home.
Image made during an Evangelical Christian parade along 5 de Mayo in downtown, Mexico City.Read More
An afternoon scrub after the rain somewhere along Canal de Miramontes in Coyoacán, Mexico City.
Keeping things clean is a common struggle in this city. Sometimes, dust just seems to appear out of thin air within seconds of its removal. This sweeping and scrubbing of sidewalks is a practice that still intrigues me given
Woman selling on the steps of the Zócalo Metro exit/entrance.Read More
Tlapan, Mexico City.
A taco spot on Av. 5 de Mayo in downtown, Mexico City.
La preparación de una comida local en un puesto de tacos sobre la Av. 5 de Mayo en el Centro Histórico de la Ciudad de México.Read More
An ordinary afternoon along an ordinary sidewalk somewhere on Eje Central, Centro Historico in Mexico City.Read More
Exit to Francisco I. Madero in Mexico City's downtown.Read More
En movimiento sobre Eje Central, Centro Historico - Ciudad de Mexico.Read More
Entertainiment for the masses along Av. Francisco I. Madero, Centro Historico - Mexico City.Read More
Agotada. Calzada de Tlalpan, Ciudad de Mèxico.Read More
An image made while visiting New York to be with my parents who were living in Poughkeepsie at the time. Really hard to fathom the person who must have been wearing that suit in 90-degree Fahrenheit temperatures right on Broadway in the middle of July. He had made the effort to stand in the shade but the humidity that day was unbearable even for my father, my son, and me who were all dressed for the weather. Thinking about it while remembering a New York Times article I read about these street performers in New York City puts a lot in perspective. What some people are willing to do to make ends meet; they deserve a great deal of respect.
A woman reaches for a sweater donated by the public in Mexico City. A group of journalists and photojournalists kicked off a campaign this winter labeled with the Twitter hashtag #SinFrioDF to get folks to donate clothing to those in need.
I get asked these days by friends and family abroad about how Mexico is doing. Almost immediately an image of former President Carlos Salinas on the cover of Time Magazine in 1993 with the headline "Mexico Is Looking Up" flickers across my mind followed by the rest of significant events since then. Indeed, in spite of the economic turmoil that ensued in December of 1994 as the Mexican peso plunged things did take a turn for the better shortly thereafter. The party lasted a while as NAFTA began to take root and the world economy boomed. Mexico could have used this period of growth to diversify its economy, but didn't and the opportunity was ignored at a hefty price: its future.
Today Mexico is struggling to stay on its two feet as it fights destructive gusts from internal and external whirlwinds. Dreams of one day joining a dwindling middle class are being crushed as poverty rises in a country where approximately 50% of the population already faces extreme economic hardship and reduced life chances. Inflation on some basics suffered significant increase according to some figures released at the start of the year while the current administration lives in denial of both the rise in deaths from the drug war as of 2014 and the impact of the commodity and currency crisis on the nation's economy. Just to think where things could be taken if the people who could make a difference were concerned with being transparent about the issues. Recognizing a problem brings you that much closer to fixing it, if it's not too late of course.
Downtown Mexico City looking towards one of Mexico City's most iconic landmarks.Read More
Two visitors, of the hundreds who attended, Mexico's Gay Pride Parade 2015.Read More
An evening haircut somewhere in Coyoacan, Mexico City.Read More