El Triunfo Tinsmith Shop, 2014
I was traveling in Uruguay and asked around the small town of San José if there were old tradesmen still around. Someone pointed me to a tinsmith, which made me excited since I had never photographed one before. After circling around, I found the man, but he had retired. Yet he pointed me to a colleague of his; I was to recognize the shop because of all the scrap and junk piled on the sidewalk. Indeed, I had no doubts when I pulled over that I had found the tinsmith. I asked Dario, the owner, what exactly a tinsmith does, and he ex- plained that it was mostly artisanal jobs, the most common of which were general roof work, ducts for wood-burning stoves, and containers for feeding chick- ens and hogs.
San José, Uruguay