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Geronimo Markos

Location: Puerto Barrios, Guatemala – June, 2014
Photographer: Zoë Sturges
Home Country: United States
University Affiliation: Undergraduate Student
Category: People
Award: Honorable Mention

In the artist’s own words: “Geronimo Markos is a friend of a friend of mine in Puerto Barrios, Guatemala. He lives and works, along with his children and grandchildren, in the local basurero (garbage dump). Everyday he sorts through piles of trash to find recyclable materials that he can sell to make money to provide for his family. Though his situation is bleak at best, he is persistently joyful. He carries himself with dignity. His kind and gentle spirit are calming and bring peace to those around him. I took this picture one day when visiting his home and meeting his family. I think it fully embodies the man that I know Geronimo Markos to be."

Geronimo Markos - Photographer Zoe Sturges