20 de febrero de 2019
Hispanic World

Photo series honors nameless heroes of Mexico earthquake

By Isabel Reviejo

By Isabel Reviejo

Mexico City, Sep 14 (efe-epa).- The man who took rescue teams a pot of rice and those who donated tools to search through the rubble are among the "Nameless Heroes" of the photo series by Eduardo Feldman that pays tribute to volunteers who helped out all they could following Mexico's devastating earthquake of Sept. 19, 2017.

"There are those who stayed home looking at Facebook and others who decided to go out and help. I'm with the latter, people who said 'I don't know what use I can be, but if I stay home I'll be no use at all," the photographer said in an interview with EFE.

The "Nameless Heroes" project immortalizes those who last year poured out to lend a hand following a powerful magnitude-7.1 quake that shook central and southern Mexico and left 369 fatalities.

In Mexico City, the quake left 228 dead and some 40 buildings collapsed in the capital's worst tragedy since the 1985 earthquake, which coincidentally struck on the same date, Sept. 19.

Feldman's first thought was to collaborate with one of the many supply centers put together in the city: "From there I realized that something odd was happening - I saw lots of ordinary folks taking action, helping out for no reason."

On the third day after the earthquake he grabbed his camera and decided to make a documentary, "not of the tragedy but just the opposite."

What he looked for were "anonymous heroes" who "rolled up their sleeves" and came out to help.

Feldman went around taking pictures of people like a man who "made sandwiches in the disaster area so they (the rescuers) could have a bite to eat and then keep on working."

Despite the massive outpouring of volunteers, "nobody has thanked them."

For now, Feldman, 35, who normally does landscapes and nature photos, is promoting a crowdfunding project online in order to publish a book of his pictures so they're not just left in digital formats.

The photographer also posted his work on social networks in the days after the earthquake - "as a photographer, half my work is to capture the moment and the other half is to share it" - because he thought that could motivate people to come out of their homes and lend a helping hand.

"Knowing that the photos were inspiring others did a lot to keep me going," Feldman said.

Histórico de noticias
Trump wants California to return high-speed rail funds worth $2.5 billion

Washington DC, Feb 19 (efe-epa).- The federal government of the United States on Tuesday said it was exploring legal options to get back $2.5 billion it had...

Venezuelan ambassador denies Japan recognized Guaido as president

Tokyo, Feb 20 (efe-epa).- Venezuelan Ambassador to Tokyo on Wednesday denied that the Japanese government has recognized Juan Guaido as the interim...

Pro-abortion protests return to the streets of Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires, Feb 19 (efe-epa).- Several hundred people protested in Buenos Aires on Tuesday to demand once again, but for the first time this year, a law...

Venezuelan congress authorizes entry of humanitarian aid

Caracas, Feb 19 (efe-epa).- Venezuela's opposition-controlled National Assembly voted Tuesday to authorize the entry of humanitarian aid from the United...

Venezuelan military brass dismiss ultimatum from Trump

Caracas, Feb 19 (epa-efe).- The Venezuelan military reaffirmed on Tuesday its loyalty to Nicolas Maduro in the face of US President Donald Trump's threat...

Team behind "Madre" thrilled over Oscar nomination

By Antonio Martin Guirado

Haitian opposition will resume protests to demand the resignation of Moise

Port-au-Prince, Feb 19 (efe-epa).- The Haitian opposition on Tuesday announced the resumption of mobilizations on Wednesday and called for a protest march...

Favorites Thiem, Fognini, eliminated in first round of Rio Open

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Feb 19 (efe-epa).- Canadian tennis player Felix Auger-Aliassime, 18, advanced to the second round of the Rio de Janeiro Open on...

UN urges Pakistan and India to exercise restraint, offers to mediate

United Nations, Feb 19 (efe-epa).- UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday called on Pakistan and India to exercise "maximum restraint" and offered...

Venezuela's Maduro challenges Guaido to defeat him at the polls

Caracas, Feb 19 (efe-epa).- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said Tuesday that opposition leader Juan Guaido, who has been recognized by nearly 50...

Maduro gov't bars travel between Venezuela and Dutch Antilles

Caracas, Feb 19 (efe-epa).- President Nicolas Maduro's government ordered Tuesday a suspension of travel between Venezuela and the neighboring islands of...

Mexico urges US to do more to discourage drug use

Mexico City, Feb 19 (efe-epa).- Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Tuesday he plans to ask the United States to promote a campaign against...

40 Pct. of women who ride Mexico City metro say they've been harassed

Mexico City, Feb 19 (epa-efe).- Nearly 40 percent of women who use the Mexico City metro have suffered some type of sexual harassment, while seven in every...

Haiti slowly returns to normal after weeks of protests

Port-au-Prince, Feb 19 (efe-epa).- Haiti is slowly getting back to normal this Tuesday following the violent protests over the past few days demanding the...

Legendary Brazilian women's soccer player Marta says her focus is on family

Rio de Janeiro, Feb 19 (efe-epa).- Brazilian women's soccer star Marta, crowned six times by FIFA as the best women's player in the world, said Tuesday via...

Argentine photographer chronicles her cycling adventures

Buenos Aires, Feb 19 (EFE).- When she was little, Argentine photographer Florencia Alzugaray dreamed about the early explorers and spent hours reading about...

Cuaron's "Roma" builds on Oscar nominations with Platino Prizes strength

Mexico City, Feb 19 (efe-epa).- "Roma," directed by Mexican Alfonso Cuaron and honored at the Golden Lions, Golden Globes, Goya and BAFTA film festivals,...

Nadal opens tennis academy in Mexico's Caribbean region

Cancun, Mexico, Feb 19 (efe-epa).- Tennis star Rafael Nadal, the world No. 2, has opened his first academy outside Spain in the Mexican Caribbean region.

Trump to Venezuelan military: Back Guaido or "lose everything"

Miami, Feb 18 (efe-epa).- The commanders of Venezuela's armed forces must renounce their allegiance to leftist President Nicolas Maduro and rally behind...

Largest Cuban Cigar Festival to date opens in Havana

By Atahualpa Amerise

Trump accuses deputy AG of plotting against him

Washington, Feb 18 (efe-epa).- US President Donald Trump accused on Monday the deputy attorney general of the Justice Department, Rod Rosenstein, of...

24 Die in bus crush in Bolivia

La Paz, Feb 18 (epa-efe).- Twenty-four people were killed and 11 others injured Monday when a bus collided with a truck in western Bolivia, police told EFE.

Climate change threatens 2 of Ecuador's 7 glaciers

Quito, Feb 18 (efe-epa).- Ecuador could lose two of its seven glaciers over the next few years thanks to global warming, a phenomenon that worries experts...

Spanish navy training ship arrives in Puerto Rico

San Juan, Feb 18 (efe-epa).- The Spanish navy's training ship arrived in Puerto Rico on Monday after making a stop at St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands.