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They Are Their Own: A Portfolio by Amina Cruz

Amina Cruz’s photography is striking. Her work celebrates queer and trans BIPOC people and spaces on both sides of the Mexico/U.S. border. These portraits are intimate, bringing out the personalities and histories of the individuals, even as Cruz’s photographs also conjure the shared social histories and experiences of the community. 

We’re honored to present this portfolio of Cruz’s photography alongside Gutiérrez’s accompanying essay, “Slow Burn.”

— The Editors


Vincent (2018), Amina Cruz
Frankie Doom (2018), Amina Cruz
Maria, Mexico City (2018), Amina Cruz
Leather Papi, Mexico City (2018), Amina Cruz
Amor, Mexico City (2018), Amina Cruz
Queer Pupusa y Softcore Mija (2018), Amina Cruz
Adelina, Mexico (2020), Amina Cruz
Forrest (2020), Amina Cruz
Jordi, NOLA (2020), Amina Cruz
Mexico (2020), Amina Cruz
Nube (2020), Amina Cruz
Sin y Agua (2020), Amina Cruz
Uhuru, NOLA (2020), Amina Cruz

Amina Cruz was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA and Tampa, FL. She hitchhiked around the country before deciding to move to New York City, where she earned her BFA in Photography from Parsons School of Design. Her interests are based in queer culture, film/analog photography, and exploring the space between transformation and identity. Her current work explores the culture of brown queer punks, on the east side of Los Angeles. Amina volunteers at various community organizations. She has been an active panelist at MOLA and La Plaza de Cultura y Artes. Her work has appeared in multiple television shows and features.

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More from Issue 4: Fall 2021


The Concrete Slides of Northern California

by Gayle Brandeis


Slow Burn: On Amina Cruz’s Photography

by Raquel Gutiérrez