March 31, 2009
By Anthony Bartkewicz
The people in photographer Dulce Pinzon 's "Superheroes" series are all Latino immigrants, most of them from Mexico. They work jobs ranging from waiter to nanny to gigolo and send between $300 and $2,000 back home to their families every month.
Noe Reyes from the State of Puebla works as a delivery boy in Brooklyn New York.
He Sends $500/week.
Pinzon said that after the Sept. 11 attacks, the heroism of those who sacrifice their time and labor for the good of others every day is often taken for granted. So her photos pay homage to these workers by portraying them as comic book superheroes as they go about their workdays.
Pinzon matched the workers' superhero alter-egos with their jobs as closely as possible. So Juventino Rosas toils in a fish market as Aquaman. Window-washer Bernabe Menendez becomes a wall-crawling Spider-Man in his photo. And cook Oscar Gonzales handles flaming pans as the Fantastic Four's Human Torch.
Oscar Gonzalez from the State of Oaxaca works as a cook in New York.
He Sends $350/week.
"The Mexican economy has quietly become dependent on the money sent from workers in the U.S.," Pinzon said. "Conversely, the U.S. economy has quietly become dependent on the labor of Mexican immigrants. Along with the depth of their sacrifice, it is the quietness of this dependence which makes Mexican immigrant workers a subject of interest. These brave and determined men and women somehow manage, without the help of any supernatural power, to withstand extreme conditions of labor in order to help their families and communities survive and prosper."
Source: MyFox Chattanooga