Photographs That Humanize the Immigration Debate

John Moore, a staff photographer for Getty Images, has perhaps the most comprehensive body of work of any news photographer covering immigration. His images are being highlighted at a festival in France.

Ten years ago, John Moore returned to the United States after almost two decades covering conflict abroad. Having lived in Nicaragua, India, South Africa, Egypt and Pakistan, he had come home with “fresh eyes” that allowed him to encounter his own country anew. He was struck by the human drama in the struggle over immigration from Mexico and the people fleeing poverty and violence in their own country. When Arizona passed a restrictive immigration law in 2010, the “fear and xenophobia toward immigrants” that he began seeing inspired him to spend much of the next eight years traveling the length of the United States-Mexico border, working in immigrant communities and covering law enforcement and protests.
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On the Border With Photographer John Moore

A collection of images from the southern U.S. border by Getty Images photographer John Moore, showing the landscape, those who patrol the border, and those who choose to risk everything to cross it.

The Getty Images photographer John Moore has won many photojournalism awards throughout his career, bringing a high level of skill, empathy, professionalism, perseverance, and an amazing eye for beauty and color to all of his work. Moore has spent years working along the U.S.-Mexico border, and regularly travels to Mexico and Central America, covering the many issues that surround the ongoing immigration crisis—its root causes in poverty, violence, and hopelessness; the dream of the United States as a better place for individuals and their children; the hazards of the immigrant’s journey; the pursuits and arrests at the border; the faces of those who choose to defend the border and of those who decide to risk everything to cross it. Gathered here, to give some visual context to Moore’s now-famous image of the young girl crying at the border, a collection of photographs taken by Moore over the past two years along the southern U.S. border, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and more. And, for more in-depth coverage from John Moore, be sure to check out his new book, Undocumented: Immigration and the Militarization of the United States-Mexico Border.
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How John Moore’s Brilliant US-Mexico Border Photos Also Migrate - Reading The Pictures

John Moore’s focus is not so much the US-Mexico border itself  but the way the line infiltrates the lives of people in every direction.

Sure, a photograph here or there uses some other framing device, but for the most part Moore’s photographs of the border rely on lines separating here and there, this side and that side, caught and free, shadowed and revealed. It’s an inevitable choice. Moore’s subject is the border, after all.

John Moore Wins Picture Of The Year In China Contest

Getty Images photojournalist John Moore has won Picture of the Year in the 11th annual China International Press Photo Contest (CHIPP) contest for his image, "Ebola Overwhelms Liberian Capital."

ATHENS, GA (March 25, 2015) – Getty Images photojournalist John Moore has won Picture of the Year in the 11th annual China International Press Photo Contest (CHIPP) contest for his image, "Ebola Overwhelms Liberian Capital."

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John Moore, a photojournalist with Getty Images based in New York, is in Monrovia to document what has quickly become the deadliest Ebola outbreak on record. He speaks with TIME’s Andrew Katz about what he’s seen on the ground. This interview, conducted over email, has been lightly edited for clarity.

Iran Offers a Window to the West

Given a chance – and a week – to visit Iran, John Moore took to the road in central Iran to see daily life in a place that has opened a bit to the West.

Earlier this year, Getty Images asked the photographer John Moore if he wanted to see how open Iran’s new president was to Western news media

The Great Recession in Moore Depth - Reading The Pictures

Looking for photographs that tackle this brutal recession, one of the first names that comes to mind -- for eloquence as well as diligence -- is Getty's John Moore, recognized this week with a World Press Photo award.

Looking for photographs that tackle the brutal recession, the mortgage crisis and the “Two Americas,” one of the first names that comes to mind — for eloquence as well as diligence — is Getty’s John Moore