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"Delving into such pastimes as kidnapping, prostitution, drug dealing, robbery, rape and murder, 'Bordertown' is stunning story which combines Gifford's fictional vignettes with real-life visual accounts of the many lost and desperate characters who haunt the towns along the US/ Mexico border. These tales document the dispossessed Mexicans who must either hustle on the streets or cross the border to escape being beaten down by poverty, violence, and exploitation. Gifford and Perry paired up for a road trip along the border, and the result is collage of their personal encounters with taxi drivers, eager prostitutes, drug dealers and murderers. Though lurid throughout, many of the stark, documentary-style black-and-white images exude a haunting, poetic beauty, and the text clearly reveals Gifford's fascination with individuals who are both desperate and damned. For readers who share Gifford's passion for lives lived on the edge, 'Bordertown' is a must."
Teaming up for a road trip along the U.S.-Mexico border, Gifford and Perry break all the rules to recreate an "experience" of a place that will shock and seduce. An edgy mix of photos, stories, drawings, poems, news clippings, and ephemera amassed on the run, "Bordertown" takes readers to a place where truth melds with fiction, race collides with class, and all meet on common ground. 78 duotone images.