20th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest The American Experience
Guillermo (Mexico City, MX)

Our Padres is a photography series depicting the immigrant Latino men who came to the United States and raised a new generation. Their struggle to provide a better life for their children defined their lives, and it opened up a path for new opportunities. They are recontextualized against a colorful backdrop — lionizing them and their sacrifice. They are shown doing one of the many jobs from their past. In that way, it's a celebration of their labor and selfless perspective. By framing these hard-working men as heroic, but real, figures, I seek to communicate gratitude as well as interrogate the multi-generational process of integrating into a new society.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 07.2022
Date Uploaded: 11.2022
Photo Location: Orlando, Florida, United States of America
Camera: ILCE-7M3
Copyright: © Mauricio Murillo