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In 1986 I went to Ajoya, Mexico in the remote mountains of Sinaloa, to photograph for Disabled Village Children a book of low-tech techniques by MacArthur Fellow David Werner.  David also wrote the ubiquitous Where There Is No Doctor and millions of copies of these two books have been translated into more than forty languages to help parents and local healthcare practitioners meet "underserved" needs.

In 1987 David's foundation and Yola Jursykowski sent me to U.C.L.A.'s School of Rehabilitation Medicine to study prosthetics.  As a result during fourteen visits over the next six years, I spent many months in Ajoya building a prosthetics workshop, making artificial legs and teaching prosthetics to practitioners from Mexico and Central America.  Sadly these visits were also an opportunity to document village life in this special place just before America's "War on Drugs" drove most of the local population, far from their supportive pueblo culture, into urban slums in distant cities.

 
 
     
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