Yonkeros, Willets Point, Queens © Jaime Permuth

Yonkeros, Willets Point, Queens © Jaime Permuth

This book is entitled “Yonkeros” after the vernacular term that describes businesses that specialize in junk and scrap metal. The word is a corruption of the English “junk” which becomes “yonk” to the Latin ear, and is then conjugated elegantly and correctly in Spanish so that “el yonke” comes to mean the junkyard and “yonkero” the person who works with junk…

I shot the entire series digitally, using a Nikon D700 and an old 35mm, which is my favorite lens.

– Jaime Permuth