Entry Title: "The AmericanWall"
Name: Maurice Sherif , United States
Category and Expertise: Documentary|Self Published|Photo Essay and Feature Story|Political|Social Cause, Professional
Entry Description: I’ve been photographing the border wall since 2007, questioning how the United States––which sees itself as a champion of law, democracy, and human rights––came to engage in such egregious violations of human rights. My photographs are meant to stimulate thought and consideration of the wall’s intent, impact, and implications.
The American Wall is a photographic record of the wall segments at midday. The photos, taken in the searing heat of the desert, are stark. The images are minimal, with a flat depth of field, but strive for objectivity. They reveal the tactile harshness of the metal structure and the emptiness of its surroundings. They show how construction of the wall has made barren the surrounding landscape, once rich in biodiversity. In perhaps the final irony of this photographic documentation, the heat of the borderlands melted the film, framing many of the images in random tatters.