Failed State

Documenting Juarez's demise


Julian Cardona has been photographing the streets of Juarez, Mexico, since 1993, collecting evidence of what he considers the debilitating effects of globalization on his city. These days, his work focuses mostly on violence. In the first two months of 2010, an estimated 378 people were murdered in Juarez, pushing the city's death toll to more than 4,500 in the last two years. When Cardona started his career, times were already tough on the border. Today, the situation is considerably worse. "Everything is harder," he says. "Everything is more violent."

For the accompanying story, see The War Next Door.

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Music by DeAmalia.