Retired Mexican Prostitutes

Via Slate magazine comes this article about The Lives of Retired Sex Workers in Mexico City. The article highlights the documentary photography and interviews of photographer Benedicte Desrus.

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Desrus relied on humor and curiosity to help build relationships with the women. If she had to travel for work, she always made sure to return to the shelter to convince them she was sincere about sharing their stories. She only took photographs of the women who gave her permission and provided them with prints, which often inspired other women to participate. They often asked her why she was interested in taking their portraits. Desrus used that as an opening to earn their trust through lighthearted banter. “I was respectful,” Desrus laughed. “I said, ‘Because you’re old and ugly.'”

Author: Mark

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