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Photographer Documents the Entire Length of the U.S.-Mexico Border

Photographer John Moore talks about his book documenting the changing scene along the US-Mexico border from the perspectives of both immigrants and the border security agents that regularly interact with them.

Immigrant Detainees in Handcuffs
Immigrant detainees photographed in handcuffs by John Moore for his book, Undocumented: Immigration and the Militarization of the United States-Mexico Border.

Getty Images photographer John Moore has captured images from some of the world’s most volatile regions.

But, for the past eight years, he’s focused on something a little closer to home – immigration into the United States.

Now, with several years’ worth of photographs, he has released a book documenting the changing scene along the U.S.-Mexico border from the perspectives of both immigrants and the border security agents that regularly interact with them. It’s called Undocumented: Immigration and the Militarization of the United States-Mexico Border.

US-Mexico Border
An aerial photo near the US-Mexico border, one of many images from the border by Getty Images photographer John Moore and featured in his book, Undocumented: Immigration and the Militarization of the United States-Mexico Border.

In the audio above, we revisit the May 2018 conversation Houston Matters producer Joshua Zinn had with Moore about his work, how he chooses what to photograph, and what he learned from his experiences along the border.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the Senior Producer for Houston Matters. He has a degree in journalism from Abilene Christian University and has served as news director for NPR and PBS stations around Texas and The West, including: KUNR-FM in Reno, Nev.; KNPB-TV in Reno, Nev.; and KWBU-TV/FM in Waco, Texas. He...

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