Living Among What’s Left Behind, with Mario Cruz

In this interview I speak with social injustice photojournalist Mario Cruz. We discuss his impactful project “Living Among What's Left Behind” — a photo essay covering life along the Pasig River in Manila's economic center.

21% of the population live below the poverty line and are forced to live in their own pollution. Mario's photographs show, in graphic detail, the living conditions and the danger these human beings are forced to endure on a daily basis.

About Mario Cruz

Mario Cruz is an independent photographer focused on social injustice and human rights issues. His projects have been recognized worldwide. Mario's work has been published in Newsweek, International New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, El Pais, CTXT and NEUE Zurcher Zeitung.

Editor’s Note:

Visual Momentum refers to the flow of storytelling and its effect on the viewer’s thinking process. This series highlights creators who are successfully using their tools and minds to create an impact on the world through imagery with the intent of inciting action. With the support of Fujifilm, we share their stories.

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About FUJIFILM North America Corporation (Fujifilm)

FUJIFILM North America Corporation (Fujifilm) is empowering photographers and filmmakers everywhere to build their legacies through sharing their stories. Grounded in its 85-year history of manufacturing photographic and cinema film, pioneering technologies in lenses and coatings, and driving innovation in developing mirrorless digital camera technologies, Fujifilm continues to be at the center of every storyteller’s creative vision.

Pushing boundaries in digital photography and filmmaking innovations, Fujifilm’s X Series and GFX family of mirrorless digital cameras and FUJINON lenses yield exceptional image quality for creators of all levels. Offering image clarity, advanced color reproduction technologies and a wide range of film simulations, Fujifilm’s family of mirrorless digital cameras delivers on fulfilling their intrinsic mission of capturing and preserving moments for generations to come.

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