Growing up in Santa Barbara, Calif., photojournalist Dania Maxwell saw two different sides of life.
“I grew up, I feel, with a lot of privilege,” she says. “I was given a house, a home, a family that I love.”
But her mother, an immigrant from Argentina, wanted to show her that there was “another side” to her hometown.
They would spend time at Latino community centers — and Maxwell’s nanny was an illegal immigrant from El Salvador. Her mother, Maxwell says, “made me think critically about what was happening.”
“A lot of people around me immigrated to the U.S. because they wanted something better,” she explains — mostly for their children. Maxwell’s mother provided her with opportunity but also curiosity, which has been the force behind her ongoing project about immigration and youth in America.
Photo Credit: Dania Maxwell