Reviews on In Sight of America: Photography and the Development of U.S Immigration Policy

Reviews on In Sight of America: Photography and the Development of U.S Immigration Policy

In David M. Hernandez’s review he notes that one of the critical contributions of Insights of America is that it includes Ellis Island, Angel Island, and El Paso, Texas as major migratory entry sites. Hernandez criticizes the ambiguity and inconsistency in deployment of photographs for immigrant enforcement in Insight of America. He also adds that readers may be confused by some of the content and evidence she uses to support her argument, but to the authors credit, states that Pegler-Gordon’s work is a good example of the centrality of photography and visuality in immigration enforcement and tensions between immigration policy.

In Kyrstyn Moon’s review she briefly outlines the sections of Pegler-Gordon’s book. Moon asserts at the end of her review that the book brings photographs to the forefront of analyzing immigration history in the U.S, and that they help shape ideas about immigrants and immigration policy.

John J. Bukowcyzk praises her “sophisticated understanding” of the forming and use of photography in his review. He considers her work excellent and thought provoking. Bukowcyzk claims that her book’s main argument was influenced by Coco Fusco whose work explores identity, race, and power through visual art and performances, and that Pegler-Gordon aimed to show that “photography’s disciplinary power was unstable and insecure,” to demonstrate that immigration photography was process that involved and affected restrictions and reformers, immigration officials, and immigrants themselves.

 

 

 

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