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Riding 'The Beast'

AUGUST 4, 2000. TONALA, CHIAPAS, MEXICO. "Riding The Beast" Clinging to the top of a speeding freight train, Denis Evan Contrarez, 12, right, and Santo Antonio Gamay, 25, go face down to avoid tree branches flying over their bodies. Denis had seen branches lacerate skin and throw people clear off the train. Minutes before I made this picture, stowaways were yelling, "rama, rama, rama!" Then I was clobbered and sent reeling. Prepared for the next warning, I pre-focused, set a slow camera shutter speed, aimed, dropped my head into the crook of my arm and fired away. (Photograph by Don Bartletti)
Riding 'The Beast'