Before the Limit/Antes del Limite by Claudia Guadarrama documents the struggle faced by Central American immigrants crossing Mexico’s southern border en route to the United States. Guadarrama is a dedicated photojournalist whose work presented in Before the limit won both the Inga Morath Award and Canon Prix Femme at Visa Pour L’Image.
To create this project Guadarrama traveled on freight trains, took paths deep through the forest, and visited the shelters and detention centers where immigrants, whose journies have ended in capture or tragedy, find themselves. She provides an intimate and moving portrait of the struggle Central American immigrants face long before they reach the border with the United States.
Before the Limit includes a powerful and poetic forward by Joachim Fuentes and an interview with Guadarrama about her experience shooting the project.
Great work by Claudia Guadarrama
REVIEW. BEFORE THE LIMIT.
'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.