PetraBarth





  Of all the borders dividing the US with Mexico, Nogales has seen the largest number of undocumented migrants during the last decade and the greatest number of recovered remains of migrants, perished in extreme condition in the desert of southern Arizona.

  

Over the last years I have photographed on both sides of the border in Nogales, following deported migrants as well migrants who tried to cross the border to either find work or to reunite with their families who already live in the US. I wanted to know more about these people, called migrants or illegals and learn why do they risk their life to cross this unforgiving desert? We all have seen many photographs from migrants on their route. In my photographs, I put the focus on the faces. The different contrast in the images should show, how our perception is changing, depending of the context in which we look at things and people. It should create tension and raise questions.