Contributors to Everyday La Frontera hope by showing everyday life and migration near international borders, their images can inform and change border rhetoric. With emphasis on the U.S.-Mexico border, the group of photographers document contrasts between tense and sleepy areas alike in border regions throughout the Americas.

“Reflected duality.” Clothes on display in a shop window at Outlets at the Border in California. Photo by Guillermo Arias, @proyectoelcerco

The reflection of the border fence in a shop window at Outlets at the Border is a picture that shows just two of the multiple faces of the U.S.-Mexico border, says photographer Guillermo Arias, contributor to Everyday La Frontera. On the U.S. side you see commerce, the selling of goods that often come from south of the border, though this is spoken of infrequently when it comes to border rhetoric he says. On the other side, the fence, the physical barrier that blocks access to the American dream, well-being, and shopping sprees.

Arias calls this image “Reflected duality”.

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Dominique Riofrio

documentary photographer I multimedia journalist

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