Ethno-Photographer Héctor Adolfo Quintanar is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this documentary photography. From the project ‘El Barrio Bravo’. To see Héctor’s body of work, click on any image.
Drug trafficking, armed robbery and kidnappings makes Iztapalapa one of the most violent places in Mexico City. The municipality receives little attention from the central police. Iztapalapa’s inhabitants defend their neighborhoods from any enemy or authority that wants to come between them and their interests; on many occasions resorting to activities outside of the law to survive.
Barrios (neighborhoods), gained a fame of “Bravos” due to the lack of opportunities and violence.
The neighborhoods of “La Polvorilla” and “Pancho Villa”, were the scene of this work. Harsh social conditions have affected the residents activities and their own identity. Many of these people struggle to lead a life away from the violence on the streets or illegal activities; however it is very difficult to try to get out of the environment that has forged a whole history.
All images © Héctor Adolfo Quintanar
By Héctor Adolfo Quintanar
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