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.


A young man smokes a marijuana cigarette during the celebrations for Santa Muerte, the popular patron of the Polvorilla neighborhood


The young man who takes care of a “Fumadero” shows his weapon


Diego shows a tattoo of a gun on his face


Death tattoos


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.


A handmade weapon made to launch firecrackers


Forging a marijuana cigarette during the Santa Muerte festivities


A group of men showing their tattoos


Interior of the house of a former gang member


A prisoner shows his tattoos.


All images © Héctor Adolfo Quintanar



See also:

Guerrero: The popular resistance.

By Héctor Adolfo Quintanar





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