Jorge Duany in his chapter “Portraying the other” analyzes distinct photographic collections on Puerto Rico within the immediate period after the U.S occupation of the Island. Photographs certainly provided one of the most powerful means through which American public learnt about Puerto Rico and back in those times, American photographers were primarily interested in portraying the dark-skinned, lower-class inhabitants f the Island as representatives of an Other race and culture.
Here, “an ironic caption – “Puerto Rican boys in their Sunday dress” – accompanies a picture of two dark-skinned, seminude, barefoot children near Aibonito, a municipality in the inner highlands of Puerto Rico.
Both children wear rags, and one of them shows a protruding belly, suggesting malnutrition and perhaps intestinal disease. They both stand against a barren background, with a huge rock rising on one side. They pose for the camera on top of a log bridge, over a dry river or trench. Despite their miserable conditions, they half smile for the photographer”.
Cf. Duany, Jorge. The Puerto Rican Nation on the Move: Identities on the Island and in the United States. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina press, 2002, p. 95.