For the first time in my life, I was considered tall (I’m 5’8″). Malnutrition and disease are widespread (20% of Bolivian children die before age 5), mostly due to diarrhea and resulting dehydration. I really love the Bolivian people. They are warm, generous, and find joy in life despite the hardships. In this photo, the women are dressed in traditional “cholita” clothing (this is their Sunday best): broad pollera skirt, shawl, and hat.
Pampahasi, La Paz, Bolivia, 1985