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Photography by Christian Poveda

Photography by Christian Poveda

Gang Mara18 by Christian Poveda | “La Wizard”, after the Marvel comics. 27 years old, a young mother of four who had lost her eye in a fight and is interviewed undergoing a series of treatments to be fitted with a glass eye. She is later shot and killed during the filming of La Vida Loca.

Gang Mara18 by Christian Poveda | “La Wizard”, after the Marvel comics. 27 years old, a young mother of four who had lost her eye in a fight and is interviewed undergoing a series of treatments to be fitted with a glass eye. She is later shot and killed during the filming of La Vida Loca.

Gang Mara18 by Christian Poveda | El Bam Bam, 26 years old, and La Lira (Little One) 19 years old with their 4 month-old son Cesarito. The 18 tattooed across her face was a punishment from her own gang for not having executed murder against an enemy when she was aged just 16.

Gang Mara18 by Christian Poveda | El Bam Bam, 26 years old, and La Lira (Little One) 19 years old with their 4 month-old son Cesarito. The 18 tattooed across her face was a punishment from her own gang for not having executed murder against an enemy when she was aged just 16.

Christian Poveda captures these haunting portraits of one of Latin America's largest street gangs: the Mara

© Christian Poveda Poveda is one of my favourite photojournalists. I really miss his work.

© Christian Poveda Poveda is one of my favourite photojournalists. I really miss his work.

Trailer de la pelicula "La Vida Loca" VOSTF, pelicula de Christian Poveda (2009) - el poder de los gangs.

Trailer de la pelicula "La Vida Loca" VOSTF, pelicula de Christian Poveda (2009) - el poder de los gangs.

La Vida Loca (2009) Life in the slums of El Salvador's capital city is a desperate and often heartrending struggle for the gang members profiled in Christian Poveda's searing documentary, which traces the social woes that followed the nation's long civil war. Amid dire poverty and few paths to survival, the tattooed young pandilleros_; of the Soyapango neighborhood simply try to live as long as they can, with no one to trust but each other.

La Vida Loca (2009) Life in the slums of El Salvador's capital city is a desperate and often heartrending struggle for the gang members profiled in Christian Poveda's searing documentary, which traces the social woes that followed the nation's long civil war. Amid dire poverty and few paths to survival, the tattooed young pandilleros_; of the Soyapango neighborhood simply try to live as long as they can, with no one to trust but each other.

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