Beautiful, powerful work from Dulce Pinzon:
It is easy to overlook the practical contribution of immigrants to American society, as well as the enormous financial contribution they make in sending remittances home. A lot of Latino communities survive on that money; some say the sum of remittances even surpasses the income we get from selling oil, in the case on Mexico.
I saw a Spiderman costume in a store in November 2001, and that’s when everything came together in my head. Comic-book superheroes have an alter ego, and so do immigrants in the United States. They may be insignificant or even invisible to much of society, but they are heroes in their homelands.
Many of the people I photographed for this series, between 2004 and 2009, were my students or people I worked with as a union organizer. We had a friendly relationship; they trusted me enough to give me their real names and how much money they send home. It was very important to me to include that information. My work is a tribute to them.
A few highlights:
SERGIO GARCÍA from the State of México works as a waiter in New York. He sends home $350 a week. SERGIO GARCÍA originario del Estado de México trabaja como mesero en Nueva York. Manda 350 dólares a la semana.
LUIS HERNANDEZ from the State of Veracruz works in demolition in New York. He sends home $200 a week. LUIS HERNANDEZ originario de Estado de Veracruz trabaja como demoledor en Nueva York. Manda 200 dólares a la semana.
BERNABE MENDEZ from the State of Guerrero works as a professional window cleaner in New York. He sends home $500 a month. BERNABE MENDEZ originario de Guerrero trabaja limpiando vidrios en los rascacielos de Nueva York. Manda 500 dólares al mes.
OSCAR GONZALEZ from the State of Oaxaca works as a cook in New York. He sends home $350 a week. OSCAR GONZÁLEZ originario del Estado de Oaxaca trabaja como cocinero en Nueva York. Manda 350 dólares a la semana.