Martina Albertazzi

Italian photographer and journalist. I work between Italy and the U.S. I am currently based in Los Angeles. Available for assignments.
Molar City
Location: Rome, Italy
Nationality: Italian
Biography: I am an independent documentary photographer based in Los Angeles, California. I am passionate about covering social and gender issues and youth culture. For the past four years, I have been working as a freelance photographer, shooting personal... read on
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Molar City
Credits: martina albertazzi
Date of Work: 02/20/19 - Ongoing
Updated: 09/29/19
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The US-Mexico border gets its fair share of attention. The wall. Drug smuggling. And migrant caravans fleeing violence in their home countries. Lost in all that noise are the thousands of  Americans crossing the border into Mexico, temporarily fleeing a menace in their own country – the high cost of medical treatment. To access care they wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford Americans, for the most part senior citizens, are flocking to places like Nogales, Mexicali and Tijuana.In several Mexican border towns life revolves almost exclusively around the daily influx of Americans for health services. Los Algodones, seven miles west of Yuma, Arizona, has the most dental clinics per square mile in the entire world. That’s nearly 400 dental clinics in a town with a population of under 6,000. And it’s not hard to figure out why so many Americans are streaming across the border each day. About 74 million Americans have no dental coverage (and much of that coverage doesn’t cover very much), and in Mexico they can save up to 70 percent compared to costs in the US.
I spent 36 hours in Los Algodones photographing and interviewing people who crossed the border for dental care and I am planning to go back and visit other border towns in Baja California to keep documenting this issue. 

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Break a Thread

By Martina Albertazzi / Los Angeles — Magic used to be just for the men. For many centuries women who showed any interest in it were viewed as..

California High (in progress)

By Martina Albertazzi / San Francisco, California — Since California legalized recreational marijuana at the very beginning of 2018, I have started to..

In the Shadow of the Vatican

By Martina Albertazzi / Rome, Italy — I received a Catholic education, not because my parents were particularly religious, but because the church..

The Loneliest Number

By Martina Albertazzi / Los Angeles — Studies are painting a bleak picture of an American society that is increasingly isolated and unhappy...

Lion Dance Teens

By Martina Albertazzi / San Francisco, California — A look into the acrobatic world of a group of Chinese American teenagers passionate about the ancient lion..

The Gipsy Circus

By Martina Albertazzi / Paris, France — The Gypsy Circus On March 2014 I attended a four-day workshop about visual storytelling in Paris..
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