The Land of Open Graves

Posted by Michael on Oct 6, 2015

The Land of Open graves book is out! I have been working on this book for several years with my good friend and collaborator Jason De León. Jason did an amazing job with this huge and important undertaking. I can’t express how proud I am to be a part of this project. So you should read it! Out now through UC Press.


About the book: In his gripping and provocative debut, anthropologist Jason De León sheds light on one of the most pressing political issues of our time—the human consequences of US immigration policy. The Land of Open Graves reveals the suffering and death that take place daily in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona as thousands of undocumented migrants attempt to cross from Mexico into the United States.

Drawing on the four major fields of anthropology, De León uses an innovative combination of ethnography, archaeology, linguistics, and forensic science to produce a scathing critique of “Prevention through Deterrence,” the federal border enforcement policy that encourages migrants to cross in areas characterized by extreme environmental conditions and high risk of death. For two decades, this policy has failed to deter border crossers while successfully turning the rugged terrain of southern Arizona into a killing field.

A masterful storyteller, De León chronicles the harrowing journeys of people who have made dozens of attempts to cross the border and uncovers the stories of the objects and bodies left behind in the desert.

The Land of Open Graves will spark debate and controversy.



Posted by Michael on Oct 6, 2015

I got the cover! Well Mindy Kaling got the cover but I was lucky enough to shoot it. She is simply amazing and so is Nathan Turner who designed her office. Pretty excited so go get the latest Domino!


Windsor Smith Homefront

Posted by Michael on Oct 6, 2015

I have had the opportunity to work with the amazing Windsor Smith for many years. For a long time I couldn’t share images because they were destined for her book. Well the book is done and out now on Rizzoli. I am excited to have been a part of it and to have many pictures in it. There is even a forward by Gwyneth Paltrow so Go get it!
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Posted by Michael on Oct 6, 2015

Lots of news but I have not been posting it! More soon!
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Nate Lentz

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