From 1992 to 2007 Martín Weber photographed hundreds of Latin Americans, each holding a chalkboard on which he had asked them to “write down a wish or a dream you have.” His goal, he says, was to give his subjects added dimension by allowing the viewer a glimpse of their personal stories. In their brief messages we see evidence of economic and political struggles, of human failings and aspirations, of broken hearts and enduring love.
One day, while browsing at a (now gone) newspaper stand, I saw a magazine with a striking black-and-white photograph on the cover. It was the March 1996 issue of The Sun. Looking for something different, I decided to purchase it and devoured every word. I have been a subscriber ever since.
I’ve almost written you letters numerous times. This month’s stark and salient photo essay by Martín Weber [“Latin American Dreams,” August 2011] finally did the trick. I’ve traveled extensively in Mexico, and the raw truth and humanity Weber captures left me sin palabras (speechless).
Matthew Schneider Olympia, Washington
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