Living Among What's Left Behind

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CMA, 2022. Second edition.
Hardcover, 140 pp., 71 b/w and color illustrations, 170 x 225 mm. Photographs by Mário Cruz. Text by Inês de Medeiros, Mário Cruz, José Goitia, Alyssa Miclat.

Signed copies with Polaroid

'Living Among What's Left Behind' results from the intense work by Mario Cruz who documented different tributaries and several communities living next to the polluted Pasig River in Manila, Philippines. The images he captured are a global alert of what can happen when the environment  and the basic human needs  are ignored. In 2017, a report from Nature Communications cites the Pasig as one of 20 most polluted rivers in the world, with up to 63,700 tons of plastic deposited into the ocean each year. In some parts of the river the waste is so dense that it is possible to walk on top of the garbage.

In this 2nd edition, the long sold out book comes with a recycled cardboard cover and a print. Mario Cruz mixed color and black and white photography but also digital and instant photography to create this narrative.

'Living Among What’s Left Behind' was awarded in the World Press Photo.

Mário Cruz (b. 1987, Lisbon) is an independent photographer focused on social injustice and human rights issues. His projects have been recognized worldwide. His work has been published in Newsweek, International New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, El Pais, CTXT and Neue Zurcher Zeitung. He’s the author of two books: ‘Talibes Modern Day Slaves (Fotoevidence, 2019) (WORLD PRESS PHOTO 2016, PICTURE OF THE YEAR 2016, MAGNUM PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS 2016, ESTACAO IMAGEM AWARD 2016.), and ‘Living Among What’s Left Behind (Fotoevidence, 2019). Mario Cruz is the founder of NARRATIVA, a center in Lisbon to share and value Photography as a form of expression and communication. He’s a Fujifilm Ambassador.

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