David Taylor: Working the Line
11 x 10.5 inches
148 Pages, Hardcover in Slipcase 120 color Plates
Publisher: Radius Books (2010)
For his photographic examination of the approximately 260 century-old obelisks lining the U.S./Mexico border, Taylor earned unprecedented access to the U.S. Border Patrol, agents of which refer to their jobs as “line work.” With a keen eye and privileged insight, Taylor’s photographs depict the often-entangled and deeply complex issues of border security, human and drug smuggling, the construction of the border fence and its broader impact on the land surrounding it. Working the Line tells of the politics surrounding the crime and justice (or lack thereof) of the land, as well as the people caught in the murky middle.
David Taylor received an MFA from the University of Oregon and a BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University. His work is in a number of permanent collections, including that of the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; Washington State Arts Commission, Olympia; University of Washington, Seattle; El Paso Museum of Art; Fidelity Investments, Boston; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and the Palace of the Governors/New Mexico History Museum. His ongoing examination of the U.S. Mexico border was supported by a 2008 Fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.