‘Before the Limit’ by Claudia Guadarrama, not only captures the sheer number of undocumented migrants crossing the Southern Mexican border everyday, but also the very real dangers they face in doing so.
Desperate to secure better lives for themselves, they walk for miles and go without food for days to reach the nearest railway. Here they attempt to board moving trains, often losing limbs in the process.
‘Before the Limit’ is a photo-book that highlights the desperation of these clandestine migrants as they make their journey. Guadarrama creates a sense of what it feels like to walk side by side with them, allowing us to share in their experiences.
She aims to draw attention to the poor treatment migrants face when taken into custody by immigration police (violence and theft of their belongings are regular occurrences.) It’s a glimpse into a previously unseen world, beautifully presented and emotionally engaging.
’Beofore the Limit’ is available as an iBook, you can download it here.
Reviewed by Francesca Bassenger. Photography © Claudia Guadarrama, with thanks to FotoEvidence.