Phoenix Transect Project

PROJECT: Industry, the Border, and the Transformation of Ajo, Arizona


Ajo was synonymous with copper mining until the Phelps Dodge Company pulled out in the 1980s. Reeling after the shutdown of the mine, Ajo recast its identity as a destination for part-time winter residents and tourists. The hardening of the U.S.-Mexico border during the 1990s, however, funneled undocumented border crossers from Mexico into the desert surrounding Ajo. The town found itself in the middle of a vast border enforcement zone surrounded by immigration checkpoints and under constant surveillance by the Border Patrol. Contemporary Ajo sits on the cusp of this historical moment, with a past identity tied to the mining industry, a present dominated by the border security industry, and a fledgling community development and environmental movement that may be antithetical to both.

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Contributor: Scott Warren & Jason Roehner
Title: Industry, The Border, and the Transformation of Ajo, Arizona, Act I
Description: For full HD quality watch this clip through the Vimeo site (Load the video, but then click the Vimeo link on the player to be redirected to the site).
Date: 5/2011
Location: Ajo
Keywords: Border, Desert, Mexico, Video, immigration, All Images

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Contributor: Scott Warren & Jason Roehner
Title: Industry, The Border, and the Transformation of Ajo, Arizona, Act II
Description: For full HD quality watch this clip through the Vimeo site (Load the video, but then click the Vimeo link on the player to be redirected to the site).
Date: 5/2011
Location: Ajo
Keywords: Border, Desert, Mexico, Video, immigration, All Images

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Contributor: Jason Roehner & Scott Warren
Title: Ajo looking northeast, 1930
Description:
Date: unknown
Location: Ajo
Keywords: Archival Material, Rephotography, All Images

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Contributor: Jason Roehner & Scott Warren
Title: Ajo looking northeast, 2011
Description:
Date: 6/2011
Location: Ajo
Keywords: Rephotography, All Images

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Contributor: Jason Roehner & Scott Warren
Title: Ajo looking northeast, 1930-2011
Description:
Date: 6/2011
Location: Ajo
Keywords: Rephotography, All Images

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Contributor: Jason Roehner & Scott Warren
Title: Ajo Mine Works, 1930s
Description:
Date: unknown
Location: Ajo
Keywords: Archival Material, Rephotography, All Images

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Contributor: Jason Roehner & Scott Warren
Title: Ajo Mine Works, 2011
Description:
Date: 6/2011
Location: Ajo
Keywords: Rephotography, All Images

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Contributor: Jason Roehner & Scott Warren
Title: The copper mine, Indian Village and Mexican town, 1930s-2011
Description:
Date: 6/2011
Location: Ajo
Keywords: Rephotography, All Images

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Contributor: Jason Roehner & Scott Warren
Title: Ajo Plaza late 1910s-1920s (AZ Historical Society)
Description:
Date: unknown
Location: Ajo
Keywords: Archival Material, Rephotography, All Images

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Contributor: Jason Roehner & Scott Warren
Title: Ajo Plaza 2011
Description:
Date: 6/2011
Location: Ajo
Keywords: Rephotography, All Images

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Contributor: Jason Roehner & Scott Warren
Title: Ajo Plaza late 1910s/1920s-2011
Description:
Date: 6/2011
Location: Ajo
Keywords: Rephotography, All Images

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Contributor: Jason Roehner & Scott Warren
Title: Ajo Curley School, 1930s
Description:
Date: unknown
Location: Ajo
Keywords: Archival Material, Rephotography, All Images

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Contributor: Jason Roehner & Scott Warren
Title: Ajo Curley School, 2011
Description:
Date: 6/2011
Location: Ajo
Keywords: Rephotography, All Images

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