Estamos Buscando A

Shortlisted for the 2016 Paris Photo – Aperture Foundation First PhotoBook Award


Initiated in November 2013 by Aperture Foundation and Paris Photo, the Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards celebrate the photobook’s contribution to the evolving narrative of photography, with three major categories: First PhotoBook, PhotoBook of the Year, and Photography Catalogue of the Year.

This year’s shortlist selection was made by Christoph Wiesner (Artistic Director, Paris Photo), Lesley A. Martin (Creative Director of the Aperture Foundation book program and of The PhotoBook Review), David Campany (author, curator, and artist), Ann-Christin Bertrand (curator, C/O Berlin), and Becky Senf (Chief Curator and Norton Family Curator of Photography at the Center of Creative Photography).

The winners are to be announced at the twentieth running of Paris Photo on November 11, 2016.

The thirty-five selected photobooks will be profiled in The PhotoBook Review, Issue 011, and exhibited at Paris Photo and Aperture Gallery in New York, December 10, 2016 – February 2, 2017.


Estamos Buscando A – Book


.Estamos Buscando A

The quest for a greater understanding of purpose and meaning is universal to our collective existence.  We wrestle with the anxiety and uncertainty we all face when we leave behind the known for the unknown. Regardless of the demarcation lines of country and culture, we are all migrants in search of something profound and meaningful to our being. The bright border light forces a pause in this transitory experience for the migrant crossing the U.S. – Mexico border.  At that very moment, their faces intimately reveal an unsettling and knowing sense that something is being lost and sacrificed in anticipation of something gained once nightfall finally arrives.

Estamos Buscando A navigates a personal exploration into the migrant experience along the U.S.–Mexico border region, with a series of intimate portraits, landscape photographs, illustrations, maps, advisories and personal narratives. The book has been designed to reference the migrant safety guides that are given to migrants by Grupos Beta and the Instituto Nacional de Migración of the Mexican government.which works for the protection and defense of human rights of migrants on Mexico’s northern and southern borders, through support actions such as search and rescue, humanitarian assistance, legal advice and guidance.

Photographs, text and book design by Paul Turounet

Illustrations by Tim Schafer

100 pages, 7-1/4 x 5-1/4 inches with 10-1/2 x 14-1/2 inch map in box

51 photographs + 8 illustrations

ISBN 978-0-9888551-2-0  |  2016




Estamos Buscando A – Retablo Nº 28

.Retablo Nº 28 – Rene / Chihuahua, Rio Bravo, Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico, 2004/2016


Archival inkjet pigments on aluminum plate, magnetically attached to a unique piece of steel wall fencing salvaged in 2005 from the U.S-Mexico border wall that divided Playas in Tijuana and Border Field State Park in California, from the series Estamos Buscando A.

Image | Plate Size:  9-3/4 x 7-3/4 inches
Border Wall:  22 x 24 x 1-1/4 inches


Note on Salvaged Border Wall

This remnant piece of the U.S.-Mexico border wall is from the original 14 miles of primary fencing that was constructed between 1990 and 1993 from the Pacific Ocean to divide the two countries. The fence was constructed of 10 foot-high steel army surplus landing mats (M8A1) with the assistance of the Corps of Engineers and the California National Guard. The original landing mats were manufactured by the Syro Steel Company in Girard, Ohio in 1968 and were used during the Vietnam War. Each original steel mat measured 22 inches high x 12 feet long and were pieced and welded together to make the border wall.

Recently acquired for private collection.

To inquire about other unique works from Estamos Buscando A, please contact Jennifer Decarlo, Director, jdc Fine Art.