Photos of the Border Between America and Mexico, as Documented by Richard Misrach Since 2004
President Trump’s executive order to a build a wall along America’s two-thousand-mile-long border with Mexico has transformed the desert swath into a hot-button political issue. But, along parts of the border, a wall has already been built and it has been documented extensively by one photographer for more than a decade.
Richard Misrach, known for his “Cancer Alley” photo essay, has been photographing the southern border of the United States since 2004. Devoid of all human life, his images capture only the evidence of migration at the border in the form water bottles, clothing, backpacks, U.S. Border Patrol “drag tires,” spent shotgun shells, ladders, and sections of the border wall itself. Misrach’s work portrays the demarcation line between two countries as a stage, waiting for actors—migrants, coyotes, border patrol—to play their part. See his work below.
Misrach is releasing his photos on and around the border, some shot with a large format camera and others with his iPhone, in a new book. Border Cantos, published by Aperture Foundation, is a joint collaboration between the photographer and Guillermo Galindo, an experimental composer. Galindo created two dozen scores inspired by Misrach’s photographs and using the migration artifacts documented in Border Cantos. The book is available now for $75. Click here to order a copy.
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