Midnight La Frontera

@ Light, Ken




Presentation by TBW Books:

" Between 1983 and 1987 along the California/Mexico border, Ken Light took his Hasselblad camera and flash and rode along with US Border Patrol agents in the middle of the night as they combed the Otay Mesa looking for “illegal aliens.” He was there when they were apprehended – captured by authorities as well as the photographer's flash. The black and white images are stark, impromptu mug shots in the desert, taken at a moment of extreme vulnerability, when hope gave way to despair, migrants caught in a cruel game of hide and seek.

Light's photographs and José Ángel Navejas' first hand, compelling memoir, presented in both English and Spanish, offer testimony of the harrowing night border crossing of those desperately seeking a chance at a better life. A day after Navejas first crossed the US border from Mexico, he was caught and deported back onto the streets of Tijuana. Undeterred, he crawled back through a tunnel to San Diego, where he entered the United States forever.

In piercing words and in strobe lit images caught against the dark of night, Midnight La Frontera's immediacy underscores the struggle and defiance of those who make the perilous hike for days and weeks in search of the American Dream. "

Introduction in Spanish and English.

136 pages - Hardcover

TBW Books, 2020

Format : 28.6 x  x 33 cm

New - Mint cindition

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Light, Ken

Ken Light is an American documentary photographer, working mostly on social subjects. He is a faculty member at the U.C. Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. He documented, as a student in sociology, the social and students movements in the early seventies: Richard Nixon's campaign visit to Ohio University, the protests and demonstrations against the Vietnam war and against the invacion of Cambodia, etc. He has published numerous photobooks, including "Coal Hollow" (University of California, 2006) about the rual life in Appalachia, and more recently "Midnight La Frontera" (TBW Books, 2020) about a project shot between 1983 and 1987 when he followed the US Border Patrol looking for illegal immigrants at the Mexican border. © Portrait by Christopher Michel taken from Ken Light's Wikipedia page
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