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16th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest
John y Juan

This photo captures the friendship created between a 20-year-old American college student and 45-year-old Mexican construction worker. I spent the summer volunteering in Tijuana, Mexico building homes throughout the community. Over the course of two months, Juan Manuel & I developed a special, close friendship. Behind his beautiful smile, I learned his incredible backstory, deportation from the United States, family struggles, and dreams for a better life. Now more than ever, I believe it is important we look deeper into understanding other people's life experiences and remember we are all humans.

TAGS: Construction, Life, Mexico, People

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Oxford, Mississippi, United States of America
Member since 2018
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© John Touloupis.
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Image Source: mobile
Date Taken: 08.2018
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Filed Under: People
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Date Uploaded: Nov. 20, 2018, 5:46 p.m.
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PHOTO LOCATION Tijuana, Mexico, Mexico