In Guatemala City, wrestling is more than just a fun pastime, it is a way of life for many in marginalized and poor neighborhoods.
Jorge Luis Chavarría is a photographer in Guatemala City who is documenting the lives of luchadores in the Guatemalan capital city. Why? Well, being a luchador in Guatemala City doesn’t equate to glam or fame, instead these people are getting in the ring week after week in old garages and homes. They fight to get a break from their daily struggles of working as taxi drivers and factory workers trying to make enough money to care for their families.
Chavarría’s photos take you into the lives of those fighting in the ring to win about $12. But it’s more than the money. They are also in the ring to get a break from the struggles they face on all the other fronts.
“It does not have the glamour that it had when I was a child,” Jorge Luis Chavarría told The NYTimes. “But it is their passion.”