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Deep Time Sickness

In Noema, Lachlan Summers investigates the long-lasting effects earthquakes have had on Mexico City’s denizens — aftershocks that manage to be both physical and psychological. These are the tocado, the “touched,” forever in fear of the next stage of dissolution. For buildings in Mexico City, destruction is seldom an absolute condition. Residents, and especially people who are tocado, attune […]

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‘I Started to Think About the Prospect of Documenting a Culture That I Understood.’

After my internship, my first assignment for National Geographic was a story about the Zinacenteco Indians in the highlands of Chiapas. The subject was interesting but very challenging. As a woman, my access was mostly limited to other women who only spoke the Maya language I was struggling to learn. Once I traversed the language barrier, it […]