Juan Ponce puts away cheese and lunch meat at a deli stand in Buenos Aires, Argentina. “This is not my thing,” Ponce says, drying the sweat off his forehead. “I studied art up to my third year in the university in Venezuela before I emigrated. But it’s nice in Buenos Aires. It’s a very diverse, very open city.”
Julio El Ahmed, 80, repairs a pot, a service offered by his family business which has existed in the same place in the Boedo neighborhood of Buenos Aires, Argentina for 110 years. “I was born in this house. My father taught me the trade; I grew up with it as a child. I haven’t thought of retiring. I have a lot of love for this; I like the work—what I do,” El Ahmed says. With no one poised to take over the business as of now, El Ahmed says that its future is in the hands of fate.
Shoemaker Paulino Juan, 80, repairs a shoe in the workshop where he runs his shoe repair business, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Juan has been a shoemaker for 60 years and says he does not want to retire. “All work is nice,” he says. “You have to work in order to live.”
Bboy Daygo practices before the finals of “Rumbo a Pura Calle 2019,” a breaking and hip-hop competition at the Centro Cultural Recoleta in Buenos Aires, Argentina. “What I like the most about breaking is that it is infinite — you never stop learning — and it helps you be unique as a person,” says Daygo. “It’s very important to feel special in order to be happy.”
Sergio Paternò plays the electric guitar like a piano on Calle Florida, a pedestrian street in the center of Buenos Aires, Argentina. “I began one day, and I loved it,” he says. “It becomes a unique instrument. It is a different way of playing. We should all find different ways of doing things, otherwise we end up all the same – running to the same side.” He’s referring to people who walk quickly on the path.
Mariano Cipolat, 37, works on a leather belt at the historic center of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Cipolat has been making leather artisan goods for 10 years, and he explains why he learned the trade. “I was traveling through [South] America,” he says. “We got to Ecuador, and if I wanted to keep traveling, I needed to start working in something. As I never liked working in business, I started with crafts and didn’t stop.”
From left, sisters Cielito, 10, María Isabel, 24, and Génesis Neira, 15, jump rope at the Parque Chacabuco in Buenos Aires, Argentina. ‘’We like to jump the rope and to play volleyball,” María Isabel says. “Usually, we come on Sundays, but now we are taking advantage of the fact that the girls are on vacation, and so we come during the week too.”
At Parque Chacabuco, a park in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thiago Herrera, 10, plays soccer tennis with neighborhood friends, debuting a new net that was given to them for Christmas. In this game, the ball is kicked over the net, and one team tries to get the ball to bounce on the other team’s side of the court.
Outside the Facultad de Medicina de la Universidad de Buenos Aires, Lorea De Arza Pochylak celebrates with family and friends after passing her last test at this medical school. It is a tradition in Buenos Aires, Argentina, for loved ones to throw flour, paint, oil, cider, carnival foam, and eggs on someone who has completed a college degree.
Nicolás Colautti, an industrial design student, presents his final project to other students at the Universidad de Buenos Aires, a university in Buenos Aires, Argentina. For their project, Colautti’s team produced an exoskeleton that reduces effort and injuries for people who work with their arms raised.
Fans of the Club Atlético River Plate football team celebrate at the obelisk in downtown Buenos Aires, Argentina, after the team won the Conmebol Libertadores 2018 cup. Winners of local South American tournaments compete in the Libertadores de América cup. One fan holds an umbrella with the team’s colors, red and white.
At the Plaza de Mayo, a square in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Melody Fontana looks at drawings left by demonstrators who protested government delays in payments to assist people with disabilities. “Seeing all the drawings there are, and the effort they are putting into the fight, impacted me,” she says. “It excites me that the people are fighting for their rights, and the situation saddens me.”
Viviana Gonzáles, an artist and transgender activist, performs her autobiographical play “La Karateca” at Mocha Fest, a monthly event that raises money for Bachillerato Popular Trans “Mocha Celis,” a school in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Gonzáles acts out various stages of her life, representing the difficulties of being transgender, of hiding her identity to compete in tae kwon do competitions, and of fighting cancer.
Daiana Cacchione (foreground) practices with students during her urban dance workshop for teenagers at the Centro Cultural Recoleta, a cultural and art center in Buenos Aires, Argentina. “I think that this style of dance is very interesting for teenagers, because it is modern and brings together a bunch of things that are already in their culture,” she says. “It’s good to be able to bring them closer to dance through that.”
The folk dance group Die Lustigen Tiroler performs traditional Austrian dances at the Plaza de Mayo, a public square in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The performance by the dancers, based in the Villa del Parque neighborhood, was part of an event called Buenos Aires Celebra, during which the city celebrates the nation’s various cultural communities.
Karen Ameal Vera practices parkour at the Parque Rivadavia in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Vera belongs to Facebook and WhatsApp groups whose members meet around the city every Wednesday to practice and teach one another parkour, an urban sport that blends gymnastics and stunts. Vera says, “It becomes a way of life. Now, I look at everything through parkour; I confront life’s obstacles in a different way.”
Athlete and sports journalist Bárbara Roskin and indoor football player Gonzalo Abdala practice freestyle football, which entails athletic and acrobatic tricks, at the Parque Rivadavia, a public park in Buenos Aires, Argentina. At first, freestyle football was a hobby for the pair, but now they make videos and perform at events and shows.
Catalina Tomás entertains the crowd during a protest against a proposed law that would fine street performers such as her for making “annoying noises” in public spaces in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The proposal, by the city government, would allow people to anonymously complain to the police about noise made by musicians and other performers.
Edward Ap Iwan, a guard and clerk for Asociación Amigos del Tranvía, which works to preserve, restore and reinstall historical tram and subway cars, tells visitors about the history of the tramway in Argentina’s capital, Buenos Aires. Tours are offered on weekends and holidays.
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.”
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.
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.
Attendees at the Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival (known by its Spanish acronym, BAFICI) enjoy a free virtual reality movie in Plaza Francia, a public square in the Argentine capital. BAFICI, which ran from April 11-22, celebrated its 20th anniversary this year.