The Indy Eye: Hecho en Buenos Aires

7th January 2011  Jessie Akin

Before Pablo Lobos, now 25 years old, started selling the magazine Hecho En BsAs, he was sleeping on friends’ sofas and wandering the streets. Two years later, he’s got his own roof, built with his own hands in the south suburbs of Buenos Aires. Five times a week, he travels an hour and a half into the capital, buys a stack of the latest magazines at $2.80 each, and heads to his spot on avenidas Corrientes and Callao, where he sells them at $4. He takes Monday and Tuesday off and spends this time and his profits on working on his house.

In 2010, Hecho en BsAs, which is part of the International Network of Street Publications, founded by the British ‘The Big Issue’, celebrated ten years of giving thousands of people on the streets the chance to put themselves on their feet.

We showcase Jessie Akin’s photographs with this photo essay.


Gate to Pablo’s house


Pablo with his mother and sister


Pablo shows off the designs for his house


Pablo in front of his house


Pablo relaxes by playing his guitar




The inside of Pablo’s house


Pablo and his sister at his mother’s house


A patron buys an edition of Hecho en Buenos Aires from Pablo at Corrientes and Callao

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