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

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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.

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.

  • A Border Patrol agent surveys an area along the US-Mexico border, one of many images in photographer John Moore's book, Undocumented: Immigration and the Militarization of the United States-Mexico Border. (Photo Credit: John Moore/Getty Images)
    A Border Patrol agent surveys an area along the US-Mexico border, one of many images in photographer John Moore's book, Undocumented: Immigration and the Militarization of the United States-Mexico Border. (Photo Credit: John Moore/Getty Images)
  • A child at an ICE detention center. (Photo Credit: John Moore/Getty Images)
    A child at an ICE detention center. (Photo Credit: John Moore/Getty Images)
  • Immigrant detainees photographed in handcuffs by John Moore for his book, Undocumented: Immigration and the Militarization of the United States-Mexico Border. (Photo Credit: John Moore/Getty Images)
    Immigrant detainees photographed in handcuffs by John Moore for his book, Undocumented: Immigration and the Militarization of the United States-Mexico Border. (Photo Credit: John Moore/Getty Images)
  • An immigrant family photographed by John Moore for his book, Undocumented: Immigration and the Militarization of the United States-Mexico Border. (Photo Credit: John Moore/Getty Images)
    An immigrant family photographed by John Moore for his book, Undocumented: Immigration and the Militarization of the United States-Mexico Border. (Photo Credit: John Moore/Getty Images)
  • 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. (Photo Credit: John Moore/Getty Images)
    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. (Photo Credit: John Moore/Getty Images)
  • Photographer John Moore, whose collection of images highlighting the human stories behind the immigration issue is called Undocumented: Immigration and the Militarization of the United States-Mexico Border. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
    Photographer John Moore, whose collection of images highlighting the human stories behind the immigration issue is called Undocumented: Immigration and the Militarization of the United States-Mexico Border. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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