Maya Goded, 2001 W. Eugene Smith Fund Grant Recipient

Maya Goded has been working for five years on her project, “The Prostitutes of La Merced.” In a downtown neighborhood of Mexico City, where women of all ages congregate and learn to survive by selling their bodies, Goded has photographed prostitution in order “to speak about women: about inequality, transgression about the body and sex, about maternity, childhood and old age, about beliefs, love and unloving.” With the support of the Grant the Mexican-born photographer will follow the route of some of these women from La Merced to Tijuana and then to New York. She will photograph and conduct interviews in order to document the evolution of these women’s lives as they change cities.