The border between the United States and Mexico is more than a theoretical partition that divides the two countries. It is more like a third country itself, a 'border-land' about 2000 miles long and some 10 miles wide; neither the U.S. nor Mexico. It's an entity with its own unique mixed customs, a blend of Mexican and American culture. These border towns are places of perpetual transience, of shifting worlds where the relationship between the two very different countries is continually blurred.
"Crossings" is a book of images taken over a twenty-six year period that explores this borderland, from Tijuana to Brownsville, Texas, from the world of Mexican migrants to the honky-tonk atmosphere of border towns. Through Alex Webb's lenses we see just how porous the cultures, the regions, and the laws actually are. Complementing the photographs is an essay by Tom Miller, who has written about the American Southwest and Latin America for more than three decades and who first covered the border with Webb in the 1970s. Together, writer and photographer offer an indelible portrait of the complex, culturally rich land.
Size: 11 3/4 x 9 3/4"
Publisher: The Monacelli Press, Inc. (New York, 2003)