Luis Koga, 41, who has been a Japanese language professor, translator and calligrapher for 25 years, demonstrates calligraphy for the event “Japan in the Metro” (Japón en el Metro) at a Mexico City Metro station. Koga offered to write the names of attendees in Japanese for free, during one portion of the monthlong event, a collaboration between the city’s public transportation system and the Japan Collective, which presents different Japanese-style artistic activities at six of the 195 metro stations in Mexico City.
Public water fountains at the Monument to the Revolution in downtown Mexico City are a source of relaxation and refreshment amid high temperatures. The monument’s fountains shoot water directly from the ground, allowing visitors to walk and play in the fountains.
Fernanda Sánchez, 18, and Luis Sánchez, 18, prepare “tlayudas,” a typical dish from the state of Oaxaca, Mexico, made with large tortillas. Sánchez prepared hers with beans, cabbage, cheese and meat, during the second Feria Consume Local in Mexico City’s main square. The annual fair was created to promote and sell local food and artisanal products.
María Barrera arranges her plants at a farmer’s market in the Parque Patricios neighborhood of Buenos Aires, Argentina. “I like to sell rare plants,” Barrera says. “I already have my clients who know that I try to bring different plants.”
In Chemal, a community in the town of Chajul in El Quiché department, Guatemala, Gaspar Caba, 24, teaches María Cedillo to read and write in a program under the auspices of the Comité Nacional de Alfabetización, the country’s national literacy committee. Once a week, adults in the community who did not attend school as children meet to learn to read and write basic words.
Omar Álvarez, 19, waters plants that adorn a median on a road in the Benito Juárez delegation in central Mexico City. The delegation contracts the tanker truck to water plants in the area, says Álvarez.
A dandelion, or gúlkìñà:dàu (gool-keeñ-ah-daw) in the language of the Kiowa Tribe, glows in the sunset at Carnegie Lower Park in Carnegie, Oklahoma. The wildflower, which can be used for food, medicine and dye, sheds its golden petals once the warmer temperatures of spring and summer arrive, giving way to exposed seeds. Folklore has it that if you make a wish and blow off all the seeds in a single breath, your wish will come true.
Víctor Hugo Martínez, 19, loads 20- to 25-kilogram (44- to 55-pound) sacks of plastic bottles onto a truck at a recycling center in the Xochimilco delegation of southern Mexico City. The bottles will be transported to the suburb of Ixtapaluca, where they will be processed and recycled.
Isauro Vidal (left) dances to drum and flute music on the patio of the Intercultural University of Chiapas (Universidad Intercultural de Chiapas) in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico, during the Sexual Diversity Fair (Feria de la Diversidad Sexual). The documentary “Las Chuntá,” a film about the men who dress as women once a year for Chiapa de Corzo’s Grand Festival (Fiesta Grande de Chiapa de Corzo), was shown during the event. Chiapa de Corzo is a city in Chiapas state.
Derral Davis fishes at the Carnegie Dam, an old hydroelectric dam on the Washita River in Carnegie, Oklahoma. “It’s been several years back, but I once caught a 42-pound flathead on that west side of the dam off the top of that wall,” Davis says. “That’s why I keep coming back here."
At art education workshops at the Tlatelolco University Cultural Center of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (Unidad de Vinculación Artística del Centro Cultural Universitario Tlatelolco) in Mexico City, Oscar Millán Arrieta plays during a monthly “fandango,” a popular singing, dancing and peaceful coexistence festival that originated in the state of Veracruz. At the center, Millán Arrieta teaches workshops on “son jarocho,” or traditional music from Veracruz.
With the temperature at 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit) in Mexico City, Claudia, 5, (left) Lupita, 6, and other visitors to Alameda Central, a downtown public park, refresh themselves by playing in a water fountain. Dozens of people also crowded around the fountain to be cooled off by the breeze from the water.
Nana Manson, of Blue Gap, Arizona, and her granddaughter WynterRose McReeves, of Tohatchi, New Mexico, wait with other dancers for the grand entry, before the start of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe Powwow and Bear Dance in Ignacio, Colorado. Native American dancers from all over the United States come together every year to dance into the powwow together.
Sandra Urquiza works with other members of The Dawn of the Recyclers (El Amanecer de los Cartoneros), a cooperative that sorts and sells recyclables at Parque Patricios Green Center (Centro Verde de Parque Patricios) in Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina. This cooperative is one of 12 working in the city to collect and recycle raw materials.
Swiss tourist Lailah Rottinger (center) visits an exhibit of talking and animated mannequins dressed as brides and grooms, at the Centro Cultural Kirchner, Buenos Aires, Argentina. The exhibit, titled “Love is Love. Marriage Equality According to Jean Paul Gaultier” (“Amor es Amor. El matrimonio igualitario según Jean Paul Gaultier”), showcases 35 wedding outfits by Gaultier, the French designer, and celebrates love and diversity.
Abraham Bámaca Chalí (second from right), Ixchel Tuyuc Cux (right) and other members of Grupo Xajil, a band from San Juan Comalapa, play the marimba in Guatemala’s Chimaltenango department. The group performs ancestral music for sacred ceremonies, art circles and cultural activities around the world. The name Xajil, in the Mayan Kaqchiquel language, translates to dancing musician.
Every day, Daniel Canul, 22, spends five or six hours juggling for tips from the passing vehicles at a traffic stop in central Mexico City. Canul, who has been juggling for the past five years, earns about 300 Mexican pesos ($15.32) per day from this self-taught talent.
In the commune of Turgeau in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, conservator Franck Louissaint (foreground), 69, and his trainee Marc Gerard Estimé restore a 1988 painting by Edouard Duval-Carrié that depicts heroes of Haitian independence. Louissaint, who is a painter himself, has been restoring art since the 2010 earthquake, which left many works of cultural heritage damaged or destroyed.
Siblings Bárbara, 7, and Javier, 9, take the teacup ride at a local fair set up for Day of the Holy Cross (Día de la Santa Cruz), on May 3 in the Santa Cruz neighborhood of central Mexico City. The brother and sister attend the celebrations every year.
Runner Daniel Joe relaxes at a massage tent during the 2018 Shiprock Marathon, an annual event in Shiprock, New Mexico, in which more than 2,000 people participated. The marathon, which took place May 4-5, is the biggest in the Navajo Parks Race Series, which showcases the beauty of the "Diné Bikéyah," or Navajo Land.
Israel Hernández Guzmán, 30, constructed a carousel ride on April 20 for a celebration that paid homage to the Niñopa, a 16th-century wooden statue of the infant Jesus. This statue is brought periodically from the Mexico City delegation of Xochimilco, where it is kept, to the Xoco neighborhood in the southern part of the city. Hernández Guzmán has been involved with traveling fairs since he was a little boy.
Javier Rodríguez, 29, carries supplies to clean tombstones at the San Nicolás Tolentino Civil Pantheon, a cemetery on the east side of Mexico City. Rodríguez, who also makes marble tombstones for the pantheon, sweeps and cleans tombstones for tips, at the request of the friends and families of the deceased.
Jack Vega, 16, practices acrobatics with friends at the Parque Patricios in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Every Sunday, Vega and his friends travel 5 kilometers (just over 3 miles) to this park to use the park’s equipment.