Jaime Permuth – Yonkeros


Jaime Permuth

I had no idea what Yonkeros were until I saw Jaime’s photographs and read about them on his website.

From Jaime’s website:
Jaime Permuth is a Guatemalan photographer living and working in New York City.

In 2013, his first monograph “Yonkeros” was published by La Fabrica Editorial (Madrid) and is currently nominated for this year’s Prix Pictet.   Also in 2013, he was awarded an NFA Fellowship from the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures.

Jaime Permuth is a Faculty Member at The New York Film Academy.

From Jaime’s website:
“Yonkeros” is a popular term for businesses that strip wrecked cars and sell them as scrap metal or for parts.  The term is a Spanglish derivative of “junk”, conjugated grammatically to refer to people who engage in this line of work.

Yonkeros is a lyrical exploration of first world consumerism, waste, and obsolescence as they intersect with third world ingenuity and survivalist strategies in the no-man’s-land of Willets Point, Queens.

This series of photographs is both an appeal and a eulogy; the City of New York is determined to erase the existence of this small enclave, not withstanding that it continues to provide an essential service to the community and that it constitutes a source of income and employment to a segment of the city’s immigrant working class.

But above all, Willets Point is a vast inventory of parts, and like all catalogues it is also a poem.

The facts:
Jaime Permuth currently teaches photography at The New York Film Academy.

You can see more of Jamie’s work here.
You can learn more of Jamie’s book “Yonkeros” or purchase a copy here.

All photos: © Jaime Permuth. All rights reserved. Unauthorized reproduction is prohibited.