Michelle Frankfurter’s “Destino”

March 20, 2014

In 2000, Israeli born photographer Michelle Frankfurter began photographing along the U.S. - Mexico border in an effort to chronicle the journey made by undocumented Central American migrants through Mexico on their way to the United States. The journey is long and hard, with many horrific obstacles, including drug and gang related violence, renegade militias, and kidnapping. Much of the trip includes hopping on freight trains, which Frankfurter depicts in many of her photographs. “In Mexico, where racism towards Central Americans is prevalent, these undocumented migrants are vulnerable to a host of dangers: the police who routinely rob and beat them, immigration officials who detain and deport them, and bandits and gang members who prey on them along the train route. Many have been injured or killed falling off moving trains,”explains Frankfurter. Her series “Destino”is a documentary work that follows many of these individuals who make the trip and what they must go through for a chance at a better life. 

text written by Canbra Hodsdon