John Moore has spent much of the last decade photographing issues of undocumented immigration to the United States from Central America and Mexico. He has focused on asylum seekers fleeing violence, migrants searching for economic opportunity, and the U.S. federal government’s response to pursue, detain, and deport them. He has photographed throughout Central America, Mexico and in immigrant communities across the U.S. Throughout, Moore has aimed to communicate the humanity of this story. His comprehensive and nuanced approach puts a human face on one of the most debated issues in America today.

In June of last year, Moore photographed immigrants crossing the border after the Trump administration implemented its “zero tolerance” policy. Pictures on that trip of a toddler crying as her mother was searched and detained were published globally. Under intense public pressure, the following week Donald Trump ended his administration’s family separation policy. In April of this year Moore’s iconic image “Crying Girl on the Border” was awarded the World Press Photo of the Year.

The U.S. government continues to remake immigration policy. At the same time, thousands of Central Americans still choose to take the arduous journey north, and millions of undocumented families in America live in fear. Their story is far from over.


Can a single image make a difference? Sally Mousa speaks to the winner of the World Press Photo of the Year 2019 veteran photojournalist John Moore’s image of a toddler crying as her mother is searched by US border patrol agents went viral and spurred vital conversations about the fate of undocumented immigrants in the United States. John Moore tells his story and the stories behind some of his most powerful images at the Xposure International Photography Festival.

Organised by the Sharjah Government Media Bureau (SGMB), the four-day XPOSURE 2019 featured 1,112 works by 357 photographers from around the world. It also offered amateurs, professionals and hobbyists in the region a unique opportunity to hear and network with 53 leading names in the industry through a variety of technical workshops, and focus group engagements as well as seminars. The festival attracted 15,000 visitors over the 4-day event.