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.
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||Nov. 20, 2018, 5:46 p.m.