Mary Frey’s Favorite Book from 2020

Midnight La Frontera by Ken Light.   Published by TBW Books.

I tend to have an aversion to photobooks that are overly large or include a lot of writing, so my response to this book surprised me. It’s compelling. The dramatic images of immigrants attempting to cross the border from Mexico into the United States almost 40 years ago easily resonates today. Ken Light’s use of flash isolates his figures against the nighttime skies, underscoring their vulnerability and victimization while José Ángel Navejas’ eloquent account of his journey while crossing the border lends it a powerful voice.

Honorable Mentions:
Day Sleeper by Dorothea Lange & Sam Contis
The White Sky by Mimi Plumb

Mary Frey is a photographer who lives and works in Western Massachusetts.