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In 1994, Los Angeles-based photojournalist Todd Bigelow first ventured to the US-Mexico border to begin documenting "Operation Gatekeeper," a landmark piece of legislation that sought to stem undocumented migration north to America. His initial trip to the border eventually led to over 20 years of documenting a wide range of immigration-related stories, including a profile of vigilantes operating in eastern San Diego, life at a Tijuana shelter catering to stranded migrants unable to cross, a look at a Texas border town at odds with drug smugglers across the Rio Grande, a profile of armed citizens patrolling the remote Arizona desert at night for migrants, and a special report on sexual harassment of migrant field workers presented to Congress.
His immigration work has been exhibited internationally and nationally and over a dozen of his border images reside in the permanent collection at the California Museum of Photography and the Oakland Museum of California. His work has appeared in TIME, Smithsonian, Newsweek, Der Spiegel, National Geographic Traveler, People and the New York Times Magazine.