Searching for 43 Missing Students Deep Inside the ‘Real Mexico’

07/26/16 The New York Times 


There is a stark beauty in the portraits Emmanuel Guillén Lozano has done of the parents of Mexico’s 43 missing college students. Against a white backdrop duct-taped to a wall, he shows them looking right at you, engaging your gaze and your heart. They have T-shirts with slogans or photos of their missing sons, who have been missing since September 2014. Some have a tattoo or charm of a turtle, the mascot of the Ayotzinapa Normal School, where many of the students had just started their journey from impoverished campesino to future teacher.

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