Saturday, March 28, 2009

SUPERHEROES








"The Mexican immigrant worker in New York is a perfect example of the hero who has gone unnoticed. It is common for a Mexican worker in New York to work extraordinary hours in extreme conditions for very low wages which are saved at great cost and sacrifice and sent to families and communities in Mexico who rely on them to survive.

The Mexican economy has quietly become dependent on the money sent from workers in the US. Conversely, the US economy has quietly become dependent on the labor of Mexican immigrants. Along with the depth of their sacrifice, it is the quietness of this dependence which makes Mexican immigrant workers a subject of interest.

The principal objective of this series is to pay homage to these brave and determined men and women that somehow manage, without the help of any supernatural power, to withstand extreme conditions of labor in order to help their families and communities survive and prosper".

- Dulce Pinzon

My blog has become determinately more focused on a few simple themes over the past weeks. I find myself encountering photographs which uniquely and poignantly portray the ideals and aesthetics of our nation, and have felt compelled to share them as a sort of hodge-podge smattering of Americana.

Dulce Pinzon is a photographer who grew up in Mexico City and moved to New York in 1995. I love her playful take on the reciprocal nature of the relationship between Mexican immigrants and New York at large in her "Superheroes" series. Anyone paying any attention to the hum and buzz of New York's daily machinations will notice the contributions of Latino men and women.

You can find the rest of her work at her website.

Friday, March 20, 2009

StoryCorps

I came across this sampling of audio clips on the Jack Spade website and really enjoyed them. The old man in "Being Married is Like Having a Colored Television Set" is perfect.

StoryCorps has a larger collection of full stories on their website.