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Tranvía de Cuatro Rios worker’s hands

Not for want of hard labor!

— Thomas Ives

Photo created August 16, 2016 in Cuenca; Copyright, Thomas H. Ives 2016, Contact:


Thomas Ives is an American-born photographer who has worked for international news and feature magazines for over 38 years. His photo essays and images have appeared in National Geographic, Time, Geo, Stern, Newsweek, Life, Smithsonian, and many others publications. He currently lives in Vilcabamba with his Ecuadorian partner.