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Mexican Drug Tunnels

Mexican Drug Tunnel © Sandy Huffaker

Sandy Huffaker is a freelance photojournalist based out of San Diego, California. His work is regularly included in The New York Times, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, The National (Dubai), USA Today, Navy/Marine Times, Education Week, and on the wires with Getty Images, Bloomberg News and The AP, and Corbis. He is the Region 10 Chairman for the National Press Photographers Association(NPPA).

He travels the globe to Mexico, Brazil, Haiti, England, Peru as well as a number of states around the U.S.  He has covered numerous world news events from wildfires to hurricanes. Sandy’s images present us with the pressing issues facing the world today.

I came across Sandy’s Mexican Drug Tunnel series while searching for photojournalists to include in Wide Angle View, an exhibit I am curating at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art. I had never seen anything like these images before. Californians frequently read about drug busts along the border, but we have never been shown how the drugs get into the country. Sandy’s images of the elaborate tunnel system are astonishing. I immediately extended an invitation to be in the exhibit, and I am happy to say, he accepted.

Wide Angle View will be on exhibit from February 3-March 27, 2011 at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art.


About Gina Genis

Hi Friends, I'm a photographer and artist who lives in Washington DC. I have two blogs. The Gina Genis Blog is about art and photography. My new blog, DC Discoveries is dedicated to showing you everything from fashion to art, food to entertainment in all sections of the District. I hope you will take the journey with me. I exhibit my work in museums and galleries across the U.S. I'm included in the permanent collections of the Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, the Otto G. Richter Library Special Collections Division of the University of Miami, Hard Rock Casino, Orange County Transit District, IBM, and the Sarah and Adam Markman Collection among others. My series "Window Peeping" was included in OsCene 2010 at the Laguna Art Museum, Truman State University, Fellows of Contemporary Art, Biola University, and solo shows at Gallery 825 and Cypress College. The "June Gloom" series was exhibited in a solo show at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. The "Kala" series has been exhibited at MPLS Photo Center, Cypress College, and Gallery 825. "Economy Portraits" was created as an Artist In Residence project at the Huntington Beach Art Center, and was awarded "Best Art Show of 2011" by the OC Weekly. I curated Wide Angle View, an exhibit of 16 international, award-winning photo and multi-media journalists at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art to much critical acclaim. Recent reviews of my work have appeared in the Huffington Post, Art Scene, OC Weekly, Orange County Register, New University, Riviera Magazine, Coast Magazine, Huntington Beach Independent, and appeared on CNN, NBC, ABC, and more. I lead the Gina Genis Photo Workshops where I show beginning and intermediate photographers how to jump to the next level with their work. I also teach online photography courses through The Compelling Image.

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