An Artist Used a Drone to Photograph Rarely Seen ICE Detention Centers

by Jody Serrano | about 17 hours ago

Imperial Regional Detention Facility, Calexico, California.Imperial Regional Detention Facility, Calexico, California.Photo:David Taylor,University of Arizona School of Art,Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project

Unfortunately, it’s not hard to find information about the disturbing, unhealthy, and inhumane conditions that immigrants face in ICE detention centers, many of which are privately-owned. It is, however, more complicated to find photos of these detention centers. Access to photographers is often not on the table.

David Taylor, an artist and professor at the University of Arizona, thought of an innovative way to get around the facilities’ iron grip on cameras: He decided to use a drone to photograph the ICE detention centers from the sky.

The result was a series of impactful photos of the centers from a perspective that’s normally not available to the public. Gizmodo spoke to Taylor about his photographs, which you can check out in the slides ahead, and asked him what his reaction was when he starting see the first ones coming in.

“That the for-profit prison system is an industrial landscape,” he said.

Eloy, Detention Center, Eloy, Arizona.Eloy, Detention Center, Eloy, Arizona.Photo:David Taylor,University of Arizona School of Art,Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project
Eloy, Detention Center, Eloy, Arizona.Eloy, Detention Center, Eloy, Arizona.Photo:David Taylor,University of Arizona School of Art,Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project
La Palma Correctional Center, Eloy, Arizona.La Palma Correctional Center, Eloy, Arizona.Photo:David Taylor,University of Arizona School of Art,Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project
La Palma Correctional Center, Eloy Arizona.La Palma Correctional Center, Eloy Arizona.Photo:David Taylor,University of Arizona School of Art,Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project
Central Arizona Florence Correctional Complex, Florence, Arizona.Central Arizona Florence Correctional Complex, Florence, Arizona.Photo:David Taylor,University of Arizona School of Art,Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project
San Luis Regional Detention and Support Center, San Luis, Arizona.San Luis Regional Detention and Support Center, San Luis, Arizona.Photo:David Taylor,University of Arizona School of Art,Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project
East Hidalgo Detention Center, La Villa, Texas.East Hidalgo Detention Center, La Villa, Texas.Photo:David Taylor,University of Arizona School of Art,Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project
East Hidalgo Detention Center, La Villa, Texas.East Hidalgo Detention Center, La Villa, Texas.Photo:David Taylor,University of Arizona School of Art,Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project
South Texas Family Residential Center, Dilley, Texas.South Texas Family Residential Center, Dilley, Texas.Photo:David Taylor,University of Arizona School of Art,Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project
IAH Federal Detention Center, Livingston, Texas.IAH Federal Detention Center, Livingston, Texas.Photo:David Taylor,University of Arizona School of Art,Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project
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