The magazine of the photo-essay
March 2017 issue
by David W Lynch
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Stephen Fry. British actor, writer and film & documentary maker
In 2011 I began a photo project documenting the lives of landﬁll workers in Pitillal, a small indigenous town a few
kilometers outside of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. On this ﬁrst visit to Pitillal I arrived walking high above the dump, looking
down on the thousands of vultures who were, in turn, looking down on the hordes of workers etched in a claustrophobic
landscape of black and white.
For the next two weeks this place would become my life as I documented the workers there. Since the project’s inception
in that tiny landﬁll of Pitillal, I have continued the series to the present day, traveling to Mexico and Guatemala City, and
other destinations in Latin America.
As often is the case, two and sometimes three generations carve a meager living by retrieving recyclables from the
endless convoys of sanitation trucks and horse drawn carts. There are no government safety codes or workers’ rights
laws to protect their willingness for hard work and a chance to get ahead. I witnessed the conﬂicting tides of life’s forces,
engaged dawn to dusk, watching workers’ taut leathered faces as they clinched twisted steel hooks and labored through
the mounds of trash, wrapped in private suits of dignity and honor.
I talked to and courted the lost and the broken, the meek and forgotten, the young and the old, in this paradox of what
has gone bad, this soul of decay. In this dark archeology of humanity, this insular world of need and disconnect, and in
spite of the overwhelming social and economic injustices occurring at these landﬁlls, I witnessed a profound balance of
pride and dignity achieving a singular grace, which gives testimony to the vitality and perseverance of the human spirit.
—David W. Lynch, Mexico City, 2014
God Bless You Life.
La Tierra Escariﬁcado.
A Matter of Circumstance.
The Ripper Blade.
Boy Behind Mask.
Hombre de Arte Caminando.
Baby Brother Behind the Curtain.
God In Our Favor.