David Maung, a photojournalist who has lived nearly 20 years in Tijuana, has spent the past 12 years documenting the processes of migration in the region. On Friday, March 28, 2014, he presented his work at the Centro Cultural Tijuana (CECUT), photos with intimacy and tenderness, capturing everyday moments in the lives of a few of the thousands of deported, homeless migrants living in the streets and shelters of Tijuana.
Maung’s work in this exhibition touches on the issues of homelessness, indigence, addiction–a world most would prefer not to see, and for this reason, all the more important to make visible. “The point of view here is unique,” friend and colleague Alfonso Lorenzana remarked about the show. “These photos focus on the everyday life of people, very beautiful vision. Too often we see spectacular images of drug addicts, the hopeless life of deported men who live in the river. This work doesn’t repeat those cliches.”
Photographer for the Smithsonian, the New York Times, Newsweek, the San Francisco Chronicle and the German magazine Der Speigel, among other publications, Maung has used photography to promote social change. Once a participant in a class with Eddie Adams, photojournalist who won a Pulitzer Prize for this work on the Korean War, David Maung has earned international recognition in his own right for his powerful work.
The work will be on view in the Pasillo de la Fotografía of CECUT through May 2014.
Check here for my photos of the inauguration on Flickr.