The Journey: Documented Items/Undocumented Souls
Learn about the difficult, and often deadly, journey for immigrants of South America.
Through a deeply moving and impactful series of images, this exhibit presents a photographic essay chronicling the immigrant journey from South America to the United States. Getty Images Senior Special Correspondent, John Moore, captures the story through items that have been lost or discarded—and later documented—along the way.
Gallery surface area
2,000 to 5,000 sq. ft.
One-way, inbound; paid by host venue
All include English text and voiceover. Multi-language functionality is available upon request. Text can be converted by host venue.
Step inside the exhibit
Explore the 20 multisensory tactile prints and large-format photographs included in the exhibit.
Tactile installation. 'Immigrant' Items Left Behind After Crossing Into US Via Mexican Border (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)'.
'A toothbrush lies discarded at an crossing point for undocumented immigrants on May 23, 2013 near Falfurrias, Brooks County, Texas' (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images).
'A neck pillow lies in the dirt along a migrant trail from Mexico into the United States on December 10, 2021 in Yuma, Arizona' (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images).
'A list of items to bring, along with Mexican money, are kept in a sealed bag of personal effects at the Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner on December 9, 2014 in Tucson, Arizona' (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images).
'A change purse and container of Vick's VapoRub are kept in a sealed bag of personal effects at the Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner on December 9, 2014 in Tucson, Arizona' (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images).
'An immigrant's shoe lies in the mud of an open-air shelter which had flooded in heavy rains on November 30, 2018 in Tijuana, Mexico' (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images).
'Items left behind by undocumented immigrants lie on the U.S. side of the Rio Grande River on July 24, 2014 near Mission, Texas' (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images).
'A child's abandoned backpack and clothing lie near an illegal river crossing point at the U.S.-Mexico border on March 24, 2021 in McAllen, Texas' (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images).
'A bra lies in the dirt along an immigrant trail near the U.S.-Mexico border on July 02, 2019 in McAllen, Texas' (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images).
'Immigrants burn discarded clothing and tumbleweed to ward off the morning chill while waiting to be taken into custody by U.S. Border Patrol agents at the U.S.-Mexico border on December 07, 2021 in Yuma, Arizona' (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images).
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