Photo Collection: Immigrants as Superheros
By Angelina, Our Tiempo
“Superheroes: Latino Immigrants Who Make New York,” is now on display at Columbia University. Photographer Dulce Pinzón has captured images of New York immigrants who daily overcome long and hard working conditions just to put food on the table.
“After September 11, the notion of the “hero” began to rear its head in the public consciousness more and more frequently. The notion served a necessity in a time of national and global crisis to acknowledge those who showed extraordinary courage or determination in the face of danger, sometimes even sacrificing their lives in an attempt to save others. However, in the whirlwind of journalism surrounding these deservedly front-page disasters and emergencies, it is easy to take for granted the heroes who sacrifice immeasurable life and labor in their day to day lives for the good of others, but do so in a somewhat less spectacular setting.
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.”
If you can’t make it to NYC check out her website for some more amazing images.
This article was first published in Our Tiempo.
Angelina is a multifaceted Chicago-based Graphic Artist. Specializing in visual communications and brand identity, she is known for using rich, bold colors in her work and exhibition design spaces. She created the brand identity of nationally recognized exhibitions and organizations. Angelina has also participated as an artist in the international exhibition, Cool Globes.
[Photo by Dulce Puinzón]