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Curator Pablo Monasterio went through a century and a half of images to organize the book “Mexican Portraits” by recurring themes, such as lucha libre wrestling or occupational portraits. He says the country's traditions come through in the photographs.
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Photographer David Rochkind moved to Mexico City in 2008 to immerse himself in a long-term project on the consequences of the war on drugs. He found that the severity of the violence was “impossible to ignore” but wanted to look at more than just the body count on the border.
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In 2008, two years after a crackdown on drugs was announced in Mexico, photojournalist Jerome Sessini was drawn to “the wrong side” of the U.S.-Mexico border. His first visit to the country was in 1995, but he says it has become a different place since then. During his first stay in Juarez, 70 people were killed.
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When photographer Shaul Schwarz visited Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, in 2008 to document CNN Hero Maria Ruiz, he found a dangerous world. Blown away by “the craziness of what’s going on down there,” he returned a week later and started an ongoing documentary project.
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Denis Defibaugh photographed Day of the Dead celebrations from 1995 to 2005. The festivities take place in Mexico and around the world in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saints' Day on November 1 and All Souls' Day on November 2.