John Moore's 'Undocumented': Immigration at and militarization of the U.S.-Mexico border

Since 2010, Getty Images special correspondent John Moore has focused on U.S. immigration, creating a comprehensive photographic record of undocumented immigration and the militarization of the U.S.-Mexico border.

With exclusive access to immigrants at all points of their journeys, ICE agents, border patrol agents, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and dozens of NGOs here and abroad, Moore’s Undocumented  (Powerhouse Books) is a deeply researched perspective of a complex issue.

For its broad scope and compassionate storytelling, Moore’s body of work is an essential record of U.S. immigration. Undocumented features essays and photos from Central America and Mexico about the journey north, the border and securing the  frontier, life in a divided nation, and the experience of being detained and deported.

Undocumented also features several portrait series, including undocumented migrants, prisoners in immigration jails, and new American citizens.

John Moore is a special correspondent for Getty Images. He has taken photographs in 65 countries on six continents and was posted internationally for 17 years — first in Nicaragua, then India, South Africa, Mexico, Egypt and Pakistan. He returned to the U.S. in 2008.​

Moore has won top awards throughout his career, including the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography, World Press Photo honors, the John Faber Award and the Robert Capa Gold Medal from the Overseas Press Club, Photographer of the Year from Pictures of the Year International, the NPPA and Sony World Photography Organization. Moore is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, where he studied radio, television and film. He lives with his family in Stamford, Conn.

Undocumented by John Moore will have its exhibition opening, book signing and a talk on May 1, 2018, at 7 p.m. at the Half King Photo Series. It will be led by Anna Van Lenten, curator of the Half King Photography Series. The exhibition will run until June 17.  A limited number of signed book copies will be available for $50, with proceeds going to the Chris Hondros Fund (cash only).

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<p>In Tijuana, Mexico, a man looks through the U.S.-Mexico border fence into the United States on Sept. 25, 2016. The binational Friendship Park is one of the few places along the 2,000-mile border where separated families are allowed to meet. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images) </p>
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In Tijuana, Mexico, a man looks through the U.S.-Mexico border fence into the United States on Sept. 25, 2016. The binational Friendship Park is one of the few places along the 2,000-mile border where separated families are allowed to meet. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images)

<p>Undocumented immigrant families walk before being taken into custody by Border Patrol agents on July 21, 2014, near McAllen, Texas. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images) </p>
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Undocumented immigrant families walk before being taken into custody by Border Patrol agents on July 21, 2014, near McAllen, Texas. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images)

<p>A U.S. Customs and Border Protection pilot does a helicopter patrol along the U.S.-Mexico border on Aug. 1, 2017, near Lajitas, Texas. Logistical challenges, such as the rugged terrain of west Texas’s Big Bend region, are just some of the complications to building the border wall proposed by President Trump. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images) </p>
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A U.S. Customs and Border Protection pilot does a helicopter patrol along the U.S.-Mexico border on Aug. 1, 2017, near Lajitas, Texas. Logistical challenges, such as the rugged terrain of west Texas’s Big Bend region, are just some of the complications to building the border wall proposed by President Trump. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images)

<p>A group of young men walk along the Mexican side of the U.S.-Mexico border fence in a remote area of the Sonoran Desert on Dec. 9, 2010, in the Tohono O’odham Reservation, Ariz. Federal agents flying over the group said the men would probably cross the fence after dark to make an illegal trek into the United States. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images) </p>
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A group of young men walk along the Mexican side of the U.S.-Mexico border fence in a remote area of the Sonoran Desert on Dec. 9, 2010, in the Tohono O’odham Reservation, Ariz. Federal agents flying over the group said the men would probably cross the fence after dark to make an illegal trek into the United States. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images)

<p>Undocumented immigrants comfort each other after being caught by Border Patrol agents near the U.S.-Mexico border on April 13, 2016, in Weslaco, Texas. Border security and immigration, both legal and otherwise, were contentious national issues in the 2016 presidential campaign. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images) </p>
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Undocumented immigrants comfort each other after being caught by Border Patrol agents near the U.S.-Mexico border on April 13, 2016, in Weslaco, Texas. Border security and immigration, both legal and otherwise, were contentious national issues in the 2016 presidential campaign. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images)

<p>Refuse left by undocumented immigrants and smugglers litters a brush path near the U.S.-Mexico border on April 11, 2013, in La Joya, Texas. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images) </p>
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Refuse left by undocumented immigrants and smugglers litters a brush path near the U.S.-Mexico border on April 11, 2013, in La Joya, Texas. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images)

<p>Mexican migrant workers harvest organic parsley at Grant Family Farms on Oct. 11, 2011, in Wellington, Colo. Although demand for the farm’s organic produce is high, Andy Grant said that his migrant labor force, mostly from Mexico, was sharply down that year and he was unable to harvest as much as a third of his fall crops, leaving vegetables in the fields to rot. He said that stricter U.S. immigration policies nationwide have created a climate of fear in the immigrant community, and many workers have either gone back to Mexico or been deported. Although Grant requires proof of legal immigration status from his employees, undocumented migrant workers frequently obtain falsified permits to work throughout the U.S. Many farmers nationwide say they have found it nearly impossible to hire American citizens for seasonal labor-intensive farm work. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images) </p>
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Mexican migrant workers harvest organic parsley at Grant Family Farms on Oct. 11, 2011, in Wellington, Colo. Although demand for the farm’s organic produce is high, Andy Grant said that his migrant labor force, mostly from Mexico, was sharply down that year and he was unable to harvest as much as a third of his fall crops, leaving vegetables in the fields to rot. He said that stricter U.S. immigration policies nationwide have created a climate of fear in the immigrant community, and many workers have either gone back to Mexico or been deported. Although Grant requires proof of legal immigration status from his employees, undocumented migrant workers frequently obtain falsified permits to work throughout the U.S. Many farmers nationwide say they have found it nearly impossible to hire American citizens for seasonal labor-intensive farm work. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images)

<p>Central American immigrants ride north on top of a freight train on Aug. 6, 2013, near Juchitlan, Mexico. Thousands of Central American migrants ride the trains, known as “la bestia,” or the beast, during their long and perilous journey north through Mexico to reach the U.S. border. Some of the immigrants are robbed and assaulted by gangs that control the train tops, while others fall asleep and tumble down, losing limbs or perishing under the wheels of the trains. Only a fraction of the immigrants who start the journey in Central America will cross Mexico completely unscathed — and all this before illegally entering the United States and facing the considerable U.S. border security apparatus designed to track, detain and deport them. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images) </p>
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Central American immigrants ride north on top of a freight train on Aug. 6, 2013, near Juchitlan, Mexico. Thousands of Central American migrants ride the trains, known as “la bestia,” or the beast, during their long and perilous journey north through Mexico to reach the U.S. border. Some of the immigrants are robbed and assaulted by gangs that control the train tops, while others fall asleep and tumble down, losing limbs or perishing under the wheels of the trains. Only a fraction of the immigrants who start the journey in Central America will cross Mexico completely unscathed — and all this before illegally entering the United States and facing the considerable U.S. border security apparatus designed to track, detain and deport them. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images)

<p>Central American migrants stand atop a freight train headed north early on Aug. 4, 2013, in Arriaga, Mexico. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images) </p>
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Central American migrants stand atop a freight train headed north early on Aug. 4, 2013, in Arriaga, Mexico. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images)

<p>Families attend a memorial service for two boys who were kidnapped and killed on Feb. 14, 2017, in San Juan Sacatepequez, Guatemala. More than 2,000 people walked in a funeral procession for Oscar Armando Top Cotzajay, 11, and Carlos Daniel Xiqin, 10, who were abducted while walking to school. Residents found the boys stuffed in sacks, with their throats slashed and hands and feet bound. Neighbors reported a ransom demand was made. Such crimes have driven emigration from Guatemala to the U.S. as families seek refuge from the violence. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images) </p>
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Families attend a memorial service for two boys who were kidnapped and killed on Feb. 14, 2017, in San Juan Sacatepequez, Guatemala. More than 2,000 people walked in a funeral procession for Oscar Armando Top Cotzajay, 11, and Carlos Daniel Xiqin, 10, who were abducted while walking to school. Residents found the boys stuffed in sacks, with their throats slashed and hands and feet bound. Neighbors reported a ransom demand was made. Such crimes have driven emigration from Guatemala to the U.S. as families seek refuge from the violence. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images)

<p>A man returns to the Mexican side of the border after washing his horse in the Rio Grande at the U.S.-Mexico border at dusk on July 24, 2014, near Mission, Texas. Tens of thousands of immigrants — many of them families or unaccompanied minors — crossed illegally into the U.S. that year and presented themselves to federal agents, causing a humanitarian crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border. Texas’s Rio Grande Valley became the epicenter of the crisis as more immigrants, especially Central Americans, crossed illegally from Mexico into that area than any other stretch of the America’s 1,933-mile border with Mexico. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images) </p>
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A man returns to the Mexican side of the border after washing his horse in the Rio Grande at the U.S.-Mexico border at dusk on July 24, 2014, near Mission, Texas. Tens of thousands of immigrants — many of them families or unaccompanied minors — crossed illegally into the U.S. that year and presented themselves to federal agents, causing a humanitarian crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border. Texas’s Rio Grande Valley became the epicenter of the crisis as more immigrants, especially Central Americans, crossed illegally from Mexico into that area than any other stretch of the America’s 1,933-mile border with Mexico. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images)

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