A Colombian car mechanic smokes a marijuana cigarette during a short work break in Barrio Triste, Medellín, Colombia. A Colombian car mechanic smokes a marijuana cigarette during a short work break in Barrio Triste, Medellín, Colombia.
A Colombian car mechanic works on truck leaf springs in a car repair shop in Barrio Triste, Medellín, Colombia. A Colombian car mechanic works on truck leaf springs in a car repair shop in Barrio Triste, Medellín, Colombia.
A Colombian wheel mechanic waits for the customers in the street of Barrio Triste, a car mechanics neighborhood in Medellín, Colombia. A Colombian wheel mechanic waits for the customers in the street of Barrio Triste, a car mechanics neighborhood in Medellín, Colombia.
A view of Barrio Triste, a car mechanics neighborhood, is seen from a rooftop during the twilight in Medellín, Colombia. A view of Barrio Triste, a car mechanics neighborhood, is seen from a rooftop during the twilight in Medellín, Colombia.
A Colombian car mechanic works on an engine in a car repair shop in Barrio Triste, Medellín, Colombia. A Colombian car mechanic works on an engine in a car repair shop in Barrio Triste, Medellín, Colombia.
A Colombian car mechanic works on an axle while performing maintenance on a truck in Barrio Triste, Medellín, Colombia. A Colombian car mechanic works on an axle while performing maintenance on a truck in Barrio Triste, Medellín, Colombia.
A Colombian car mechanic works on a transmission housing in a car repair shop in Barrio Triste, Medellín, Colombia. A Colombian car mechanic works on a transmission housing in a car repair shop in Barrio Triste, Medellín, Colombia.
Colombian car mechanics apply different types of lubricant grease on a truck axle cap during the maintenance service in Barrio Triste, Medellín, Colombia. Colombian car mechanics apply different types of lubricant grease on a truck axle cap during the maintenance service in Barrio Triste, Medellín, Colombia.
Truck rear axles are seen lying on the street of Barrio Triste, a car mechanics neighborhood in Medellín, Colombia. Truck rear axles are seen lying on the street of Barrio Triste, a car mechanics neighborhood in Medellín, Colombia.
A Colombian car mechanic works on an alternator in a car repair shop in Barrio Triste, Medellín, Colombia. A Colombian car mechanic works on an alternator in a car repair shop in Barrio Triste, Medellín, Colombia.
A Colombian car mechanic cleans his greasy hands with a soap and brush after finishing the daily work in Barrio Triste, Medellín, Colombia. A Colombian car mechanic cleans his greasy hands with a soap and brush after finishing the daily work in Barrio Triste, Medellín, Colombia.

Mechanics of Barrio Triste

Barrio Triste, Medellín, Colombia – 2018 - 2019

Barrio Triste (literally the “Sad Neighborhood”), a working-class district located in the heart of the city, has always been the home to car mechanics, repair workshops and auto parts stores. Dozens of mechanics, the hard working men coming to Barrio Triste everyday from all over Medellín, provide their car related services right on the ground of vibrant streets, often polluted by grease and gasoline and always crowded by broken vehicles of all kinds.

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