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Francesco Lastrucci February 1, 2010

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Mexico.

Dìa de los Agelitos. Oaxaca, Mexico 2009

Francesco Lastrucci (b. 1977, Italy) is a freelance photographer who focuses on editorial stories. After initially studying architecture he moved to Stockholm. He is currently based between Italy, New York and Hong Kong working on projects in Europe, Latin America and East Asia. His work has appeared in major North American, European and Asian magazines. Among them The New York Times, CNN and Condè Nast publications.

About the Photograph:

“I took this photo in Oaxaca, Mexico during the day of the dead celebrations. November first honors the souls of the departed childrens and infants and it’s called day of the little angels. While religious gatherings and offers take place by the graves in the cemeteries around town, a more pagan celebration is held around town with many parades ending up in the Zocalo, the core of the old town. People dress up and while all this can remind of some of the most typical Halloween parades, the theme of the death is much stronger here shows a strong relationship with the traditions and ancestries of this land. I was looking for an image that could symbolize the theme of the “dia de los angelitos”. I was wandering through the dense crowd that was filling the square when I noticed the angel, surrounded by grotesque skull figures.”