The New York Times has published an article featuring the pictures of Xyza Cruz Bacani with text written by Mary Hui.
This is the Filipino street and documentary photographer’s first time to work with the news organization after she gained international recognition following a 2015 feature by the same paper.
Bacani’s photographs on The New York Times article published May 25, 2019 documented Jaybie Pagarigan as a Filipino domestic worker in Hong Kong who uses her days off to run in marathons.
Xyza Cruz Bacani uses her work to raise awareness about under-reported stories like that of overseas Filipino workers. She honed her skills on her one-day-off-a-week when she was herself a domestic worker.
Bacani’s images of Jaybie Pagarigan and other domestics show the growing community of househelps in Hong Kong who are taking up the sport of trail running.
Mary Hui writes about the maids who have taken up trail running “for the challenge of the sport and the opportunity to be treated as equals in a society that often discriminates against them.”
Bacani is now an independent photojournalist represented by Redux Pictures. She continues to photograph street scenes and the plight of domestic helpers.
In 2018, Xyza Cruz Bacani released the book “We Are Like Air” that tells in pictures the impact on her own family having an OFW mother.
The “We Are Like Air” images are now on exhibit at the Christine Park Gallery in Chelsea, New York until June 22, 2019.
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