by Daro Sulakauri for the 2017 Joop Swart Masterclass
hat does it feel like when you are living on the edge… to be perpetually on the edge of losing, say, a part of your house? Or waking up to find that your house is divided with your living room in your own country, but your kitchen now residing within enemy-occupied territory?
In a time where coverage of Mexico and Guatemala by the mass media is saturated with crime and despair an amazing culture and vibrant people people still remain. In my travels I searched for my ideal Latin America, a land with an indescribable energy in the air, a land of music, art, ritual, life, and celebrated death. What I found in my personal journey was a place where nostalgia collides with the surreal and a forgotten magic still exists.
Pete Pin spent five months last year photographing a small Cambodian community that has settled in the Bronx. The quiet photographs — of a woman cutting green beans on the floor, of a man walking in winter’s first snow — are part of a long-term project documenting Cambodian refugees in the United States.