Projects: Living with the Dead (work in progress)
In the middle of the bustling Philippine city of Manila, home to almost 11 million people, lies the North Cemetery. Founded in 1904, it is the final resting place for several Filipino Presidents, celebrities, and hundreds of thousands of the city’s Catholic dead.
In recent years extreme poverty, overcrowding and demolition of city slums has forced more than 2,000 of Manila’s poorest residents to reside within the North Cemetery’s walls.
This story reflects the resiliency of people who lack stable housing and community infrastructure. It is an inspirational example of people making the best out of very little, as well as an alarm bell for human rights activists, as it shows how difficult it is to find stable housing due to poverty and overcrowding in the city of Manila.
James is currently expanding this project with assistance from the POYi Emerging Vision Incentive. Recent images can be viewed on the blog.