The Place Where
Flags Wave, Volume 1

by Jason Reed
The Place Where Flags Wave is a serial publication that activates government pictures from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection official archives hosted on Flickr.

Volume 1 of the series looks at the intersection of frontier mythologies and the militarization of the border. Heroic agents gallop to victory across the South Texas Plains in iconic poses of colonial power. The horse becomes the dirt bike and the helicopter, as military technology is increasingly implemented to exert control over the movement of people and goods across an arbitrary line drawn in the sand.


The Border Patrol Flickr page contains more than 13,000 images taken by public affairs staff using professional camera equipment and field agents with cell phone cameras, ranging from staged events to candid moments, political gestures to prized intercepts. Scrutinizing these border patrol pictures will not in itself change the situation on the border. I believe looking critically, particularly within our current political context, opens space for one to grapple with their own position in relation to the web of events, places, and people articulated by the government’s camera.

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5.5x8.5 in. (Half Letter)
Full Color, 32 pages

Edited by Jason Reed
Typography by M. Wright
Published in 2019
Edition of 100

*All proceeds will be donated equally to RAICES and South Texas Human Rights Center