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Brett Gundlock October 20, 2014

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Mexico.

Michoacán, Mexico 2013

Brett Gundlock (b. 1985, Canada) is a founding member of the Boreal Collective. After working for three years as a staff photographer at the National Post, Brett struck out on his own and divides his time between assignment work and personal projects. Brett’s work explores the subcultures that exist in tandem with mainstream culture. Skinheads, 2010 G-20 detainees, and recent immigrants are several of the marginalized groups he has worked with. Regular Clients include: The Wall Street Journal, Vice, Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Canadian Business, Toronto Life, Reuters, Telegraph Magazine and Bloomberg News Service. He is currently based in Mexico City.

About the Photograph:

“This is a portrait of a vigilante fighter in the state of Michoacán, Mexico. It was taken in a camp set up by the vigilantes, as they organized and prepared to take over their town. There continues to be a lot of violence in the area, including retribution from the press. Groups of citizens, farmers, business men, teenage boys and retired hunters have been banding together to drive organized crime out of their communities over the last few years. What started as a single confrontation, seeing a small group of townspeople barricading their city and fighting back crime groups has led to a wave of citizens organizing and taking control of communities all over the state of Michoacán, freeing this troubled state from the violence of the cartel.”