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Irving Villegas June 15, 2015

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Mexico.

Day of the Dead. San Andrés Mixquic, Mexico City 2013

Irving Villegas (b. 1982 Mexico) is a freelance photographer currently based in Hannover, Germany. Since 2005 he collaborated with national and international newspapers, photo agencies and NGOs. In 2011 he began his studies in photojournalism and documentary photography at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Hannover. He is currently working on a project called working far away about seasonal workers in different countries. For the first chapter of this project he received the Grant Novel Authors from the Photo Festival Spain and Honorable Mention at the Perugia Social Photo Festival in Italy. Irving is a contributor at INSTITUTE for Artist Management.

 About the Photograph:

“Between adults and young people there are two kids on their knees praying. The youngest one watches his grandmother to mimic her movements. For this family, as it is for many others in this town, it is important that children participate and learn about traditional celebrations so they can last for a very long time. After praying and singing, participants receive some food to take home, later at night they go together to the tomb of a relative in the cemetery. In this part of the city, people are struggling to preserve their traditions, even while the American tradition of Halloween has been spreading in many of the towns most of the Mexican families maintain their traditions. This image is part of the photo essay Tradition is still alive“.