He traveled for three years through Chihuahua, Durango and Coahuila to document what ordinary people to do in order to survive in this very isolated land.
“They have some strange occupations,” said Caballero, who recalls photographing wrestlers, clowns, rug weavers and ranchers.
In one case, he came across a Tarahumara Indian woman selling her handmade baskets and straw dolls out of a shallow cavern while cradling her baby.
“I found this image very moving,” he said. “Here is a woman selling her handcraft in a cavern while caring for her child.”
LaGuardia Gallery of Photographic Arts West is hosting a one-man photography exhibition on Northern Mexico and Caballero’s work is being highlighted.
The exhibit, which features 48 color photographs, is entitled “Between Heaven and Earth.”
Caballero emigrated to the United Stated from Mexico two years ago and is helping LaGuardia photography students become as passionate about imagery as he is. One thing that stands out with his photos is the use of vibrant color.
“I like to think I am trying to find a diamond inside a box of candies and confetti that is full of color,” he said. “I haven’t found it yet, but it is okay because I keep on trying.”
The LaGuardia Gallery of Photographic Arts West is located at 30-20 Thomson Ave. in Long Island City. Viewing hours are Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.