WE ARE LIKE AIR

Esquire (Philippines) - - MAN AT HIS BEST - In­ter­view by Au­drey N. Carpio Pho­to­graphs by Xyza Bacani

XYZA CRUZ BACANI quickly rose from ob­scu­rity—as a nanny work­ing in Hong Kong who took pho­to­graphs while ex­plor­ing the city on her days off—to be­com­ing one of the most promis­ing talents in pho­to­jour­nal­ism. Her work doc­u­ment­ing mi­grant work­ers and sur­vivors of hu­man traf­fick­ing, cap­tur­ing their un­bro­ken spirit rather than their vic­tim­hood, comes from a place of com­pas­sion, hope, and sol­i­dar­ity, hav­ing been in a sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion her­self. Xyza talks to Esquire about the im­por­tance of men­tors, the break­down of the Filipino fam­ily, and the fact that she can’t be any­one’s sav­ior.

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