Via the Photographic Museum of Humanity, an online site that features documentary work from around the world, I discovered the photo essay, Happy Days in the new quarters of the periphery of Lima by Peruvian photographer Max Cabello.
The series depicts birthday parties and celebrations in the poor slums surrounding the city. The photographs depict a situation that is both tender and pathetic. Peru’s recent economic growth has allowed its citizens to enjoy some of the fruits of consumerism but it comes in the form of glitter and pink styrofoam instead of roads, schools, parks and good jobs. I like how the series humanizes the slums, rather than presenting it as a cool spectacle a la Thomas Struth.