Insightful interview with an artist/photographer who took portraits with dignity in Tijuana, Mexico.
soy de aquí
y soy de allá
I didn’t build
that halts me
the word fron
tera splits on my tongue
from “Where You From?” by Gina Valdés
By DENNIS HARROD
Hope is the last thing you’d expect to find in the faces of people trapped in the border city of Tijuana. They’ve traveled from all over Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean and beyond in hopes of finding a life in the promised land of the United States. They endure hardship, suffering and loss. Stuck at the border, some for months or years, they wait. And hope.
Bill McLaughlin captures that hope in a series of portraits he made late in 2019 before the Pandemic shut the border even tighter and challenged what hope the migrants and refugees still had.
McLaughlin left his home in…
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