Marcial Pablo Barranda.

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Cutberto Ortíz Ramos.

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The Disappeared


This portrait series shows the Ayotzinapa students who were attacked and disappeared by police during the September 26, 2014 attacks in Iguala, Guerrero. 


The faces of the 43 missing young men were pasted on walls and monuments across Mexico with the demand, "They took them alive, we want them back alive." 


At the Ayotzinapa Teachers College in the town of Tixtla, Guerrero, where the students were studying, classroom chairs representing each of the 43 missing students and the three students murdered in the attacks fill the basketball court. 


Relatives of the missing have lived at the school since the disappearance, and use it as a base for organizing and protesting. The chairs have become like shrines to their disappeared loved ones.

Julio César Ramírez, Daniel Solís, and Julio César Mondragon (the three murdered students), above a poster of people who disappeared during the "dirty war" of the 1960s-80s.

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Mauricio Ortega Valerio.

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Magdaleno Rubén Lauro Villegas.

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Best friends Christian Rodríguez and Jose Ángel Navarrete.

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Felipe Arnulfo Rosa.

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Doriam González Parral.

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Julio César López Patolzin, on his 29th birthday.

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Alexander Mora, in his hometown, El Pericón.

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Valentine's Day. Jhoana, niece of Jhosivani Guerrero.

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From: Jhoana

To: Jhosivani

Your family is waiting for you, come back soon uncle Jhosi because we miss you. I love you.

Come back soon uncle.

Letter from Blanca Luz to missing her son Jorge Álvarez Nava. Written on September 29, 2015, just over a year after the mass disappearance, around a picture of his guitar.

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Hello my beautiful son. I love you with all my heart and we will look for you until we find you. I know that you’ll come back and that you’ll play me those songs I miss so much again. I want to hear your voice but I have faith in God that you’ll come back. I miss you so much my son, I’m going around the whole world looking for you and no one can stop me until I find you. And you are not alone, God is with you. At home your brother and sisters are waiting for you. Your grandparents love you very much. We’re all worried about you and looking for you, your little brother too. We love you so much sweetheart and we’re waiting for you. I hope to God that those people who have you will give you back soon. Your guitar is waiting for you, the whole family is waiting for you. Your father has never stopped looking for you. We love you so much. I have offered my life in exchange for yours. I love you my son.

Nicanora, mother of Saúl Bruno García.

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