Maria from Oaxaca in Mexico is celebrating her quinceanos, and the photograph is taken during a workshop with Mary Ellen Mark.


Maria is the queen of her own quinceanos. One of the greatest days of a Mexican woman´s life, and for Maria probably the greatest. To marry and have children will for most other Mexican women be the other major events of their life, but for a girl with Downs syndrome that is not likely to happen.

Dr Rosa Ma. González Ruíz Started a school for children and young people in her hometown of Oaxaca in Mexico, because her daughter Romi, who also has Downs syndrome, was very unhappy in ordinary school.