A selection of galleries exhibiting my work on various social issues including immigration, prison ministry, the Occupy social movement and homeschooling.
28 imagesFor the Smith family, homeschooling was a logical choice. Of the three boys being raised in a Los Angeles suburb by Jeanne and Steve, two were excellent students at the local elementary and the youngest was eager to join them. When Jeanne discovered that Andrew would be denied entry into Kindergarten because of his age (he was not quite 5), Jeanne decided to pull all three and joined the largest social movement in the counntry to homeschool her children. Officially called Mission Prep, Jeanne spent countless hours preparing, working with and evaluating the boys who worked in a 10x12 converted room in their rented home. Field trips for Science involved searching for stages of plant life in the nearby alley, history involved role playing and the clan made regular trips to the LA Central Library to select books.
91 imagesFOR THOUSANDS MORE PHOTOS, SEARCH MY ARCHIVE FOR "IMMIGRATION." Please contact Legal[at]ToddBigelowPhotography.com with your licensing requests. Documenting the U.S./Mexico Border began in 1994 when the Clinton Administration launched Operation Gatekeeper to shut down the US/Mexico border in San Diego. I've been assigned to shoot in border towns from Texas to Tijuana, as well as throughout the country, for TIME, NY Times Magazine, Newsweek, People, Der Spiegel, Focus, Washington Post and others. The work has been published extensively and exhibited several times overseas. Fourteen images reside in the permanent collection at the California Museum of Photography. I continue to document immigration issues for editorial and non-profit clients.. My Work is Registered With The US Copyright Office. Please Observe Professional Courtesy and The Copyright Law and Obtain a License for Use if Needed. Infringement is a Serious Issue and I Employ All Efforts to Protect My Work. Thank You!
32 imagesOccupy LA took over the park at LA City Hall in October and occupied the area for nearly two months before the city evicted them. This is an ongoing look at the faces, actions and events surrounding the Occupy movement which began with Occupy Wall Street in New York. Please search my archive for hundreds more images of Occupy LA. ALL IMAGES AVAILABLE IN COLOR AS WELL.
21 imagesIn an effort to document how convicts become Christians I spent over a year with Bill Glass Prison Ministry as they sought to save inmates in Texas and California. Called a "Weekend of Champions," the ministry would choose a selection of prisons in a city and spend several days going in to the prison to "save" inmates. The ministry appealed to the inmates by playing rock n roll music on the yard and gaining permission to bring their motorcycles into the prison. Prison life is redundant, so inmates turn out in numbers to see and hear the ministry at work.