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Carolyn Drake
b. USA, 1971
Featured Essays
Jul 12, 2017
Almost exactly one month after the election of Donald Trump, Magnum photographer Carolyn Drake took a road trip from San Diego to El Paso. A few weeks later, she embarked on another trip spanning Texas' southern border.
The series of photographs explore real lives, landscapes, and visual cliches about the U.S. border with Mexico. The work is a snapshot of a moment in time immediately ahead of an uncertain... More...
Featured Essays
Apr 7, 2017
Jonathan Namauleg, a mentally impaired Hawaii inmate at Saguaro Correctional Center in Arizona, was strangled in prison in August in 2015. His mother, step father (Joe) and siblings (Leonard in black shirt, Matua in red shirt, and Maisa in pink shirt) now live in Antioch, California. Arlene Takai, Jonathan's mother, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against CoreCivic, the company running the prison.... More...
Featured Essays
Apr 7, 2017
Founded in 1997, Netflix has grown from a DVD rental site to a $47 billion streaming service, signaling that the future of television may be online. After the initial success of its first original series House of Cards in 2013, the production of original content continues to drive the company’s growth.
In March 2017, Carolyn Drake photographed Netflix's headquarters in Los Gatos, California.


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Featured Essays
Mar 3, 2017
The Hernandez family is one of several chosen to participate in a cross border celebration of Children’s Day in Mexico. The father of Arturo and Luis Hernandez, who Carolyn Drake photographed in LA, was deported to Mexico and permanently separated from his sons.
During this event, sponsored by migrant-advocacy group Border Angels, the emergency door of the border fence at Friendship Park opens to... More...
Featured Essays
Feb 3, 2017
My plans for Wyoming started with research about the 1998 torture and murder of a gay University of Wyoming student named Matthew Shepard. His murder sparked outrage, and brought attention that helped enact hate crime legislation at the federal level and in many states, but not in Wyoming. Yet I suspected that this tragic incident may have encouraged people who didn’t fit traditional gender and sexual... More...