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Eirini Vourloumis May 6, 2011

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Mexico.

Mexico City 2007

Eirini Vourloumis (b.1979, Greece) is a freelance photographer focusing on features and reportage. Her work has focused mostly on exploring Islamic communities in the United States. She is currently a contributing freelance photographer to the New York Times and has relocated to Greece from New York to document the ongoing current economic crisis. She is also a contributing writer for Lens, the New York Times photojournalism blog. She is a graduate of Parsons School of Design and of the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism in New York. Her work has been published in the New York Times, New York Magazine, The Financial Times Magazine, and The Daily Independent, among others. She has also worked as a photo assistant at Life Books and Life Magazine and as a freelance photo editor at Newsweek.

About the Photograph:

“Mexico City has nearly two million underprivileged children and young adults who live on the streets; some 240,000 of these are abandoned children. Most are addicted to paint thinner and glue sniffing. I decided to document these issues through Casa Transitorio, a shelter for young boys who are in the process of reforming from street life to a more positive and stable daily routine. Run by El Caracol, a non-profit organization, they are given a home with an open door policy where they are provided medication to help wean them off drugs, taught different working skills and are offered basic classes in subjects ranging from reading to music. This photograph was taken on our way to a wholesale grocery market where the boys transport food to their shelter. This image reflects the daily life and struggles faced by countless youths in Mexico City mirroring the aspirations of those in the bus who used to be in the same position but are hoping and working towards a better future.”