Nadie se atreva a llorar, dejen que ría el silencio (Don’t dare to cry, let silence laugh), Juan Toro
Nadie se atreva a llorar, dejen que ría el silencio (Don’t dare to cry, let silence laugh), is the name of the photography essay in which Juan Toro has worked for over the last years. In an interview held by Nelson Garrido for the Latin-American magazine Sueño de la razón, Toro states that the amount of murders in Venezuela have become so numerous, that they have become a recurrent daily event in which there is not enough time for the society to mourn. The news of a murder is quickly substituted by a more recent one, held under even more horrific circumstances. The photographer recounts the genesis of his work and explains how over time the initial idea has gradually transformed to show many sides of the problem. In collaboration with crime journalists, Toro introduced himself into actual crime scenes –including the Caracas Morgue underworld- and met with the bereaved. The work encompasses everything related to the deaths, from the history of the deceased to the very bullet that took his/her life.