Tomas Ayuso (b. 1986, Guatemala; lives in the Americas) is a Honduran photojournalist. His work focuses on Latin American conflict as it relates to the drug war, forced displacement, and urban dispossession.
Ayuso seeks to bind the disparate threads of communities into the grand interlinked story of the Americas. In covering the different types of violence facing the region’s people, Ayuso hopes to create a record of both continental struggles and local successes.
Ayuso holds an MA in conflict and development from the New School (2012), and is an International Reporting Project Fellow (2016) and a National Geographic Portfolio Grant recipient (2017).
Triggered by a decade of violence, corruption, and scarcity, Hondurans are fleeing collapsing communities toward perceived shelter across borders at the rate of hundreds per day. This project renders visible the man-made catastrophe of forced migration of a people who refuse to be dehumanized.
Set in Honduras, Mexico, and the United States, this work tracks the vulnerabilities that displaced people face before and after crossing borders and reflects on Honduran identity as it endures the crossing of both physical and internal boundaries. It attests to the fight to preserve life as an act of resistance in itself: migration as a means of survival.
In countless at-risk communities across Honduras, along the migrant route to the United States, and among the far reaches of the recent diaspora are stories that capture the sources and impact of migration. These stories convey what it is like to experience a journey rife with risks and toward potentially hostile destinations.
This work is made with love for my fellow Hondurans as well as indignation about their fate as they fight for their right to grow old.
—Tomas Ayuso, September 2018