Photographer Julián Cardona has reported
and documented on the conditions of Ciudad Juárez since 1993 when he started his career
El Diario de Juárez. Between 2009-2013 he was a reporter
for Reuters News Agency. His work has appeared in numerous exhibitions and been featured
in many publications. He has collaborated with journalist and author Charles Bowden to
produced the book
Exodus/Èxodo (Austin, University of Texas
Press, 2008). Cardona's work documents violence in the border region, the effects of
globalization, and the changing landscape of the Mariscal District. The collection
includes images from 2008 when the level of homicides reached its climax to the end of
the year 2012.
Born in 1960 in Zacatecas, Mexico, Julián Cardona migrated to the border city of Ciudad
Juárez with his family as a small child. In 1993, Cardona started his photojournalism
career at El Fronterizo and El Diario
de Juárez. Working for El Diario, Cardona
documented violence in Juárez from 1993 to 2012. In the 1990's, the city had several
industrial parks and hundreds of maquiladoras (foreign owned manufacturing companies on
the U.S.-Mexico border). Job opportunities lured between 50,000-70,000 citizens, paying
$5-7 a shift. Population growth and the meager wages led to the growth of the drug
market in the mid-1990s. Many victims of the drug violence were poor and worked in the
maquilas. Cardona captures the experience and culture of working inside the maquilas and
the individual lives affected by the industry.
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