Photo Stories

Faces of Deferred Action: Photos of Undocumented Youth Coming Out of the Shadows

Faces of Deferred Action: Photos of Undocumented Youth Coming Out of the Shadows

The deferred action program, which allows many young illegal immigrants to seek a work permit and protection from deportation, is bringing untold numbers out of the shadows. The program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, allows some undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. before their 16th birthday to apply for permission to stay and have […]


Leaving Arizona: A Family of Illegal Immigrants Flee’s Arizona’s Immigration Law

Leaving Arizona: A Family of Illegal Immigrants Flee's Arizona's Immigration Law

Over the summer I worked with reporter Dan Gonzalez on a photo story following two families of illegal immigrants living in the West Valley as they moved to Pennsylvania because of Arizona’s new immigration law SB1070. I concentrated on the Sanchez family. Luis, the dad, and his wife Marlen both came to the U.S. illegally. […]


Lone Wolf Rancher

Lone Wolf Rancher

AZ Rancher – Images by Pat Shannahan Maryann Pratt is one of a kind. I visited her ranch several times for a story I worked on with Arizona Republic reporter Dennis Wagner. She lives off the grid by herself on the Mazatzal Wilderness, working over 100 cattle on an allotment so large it takes three […]


Female Chain Gang

Female Chain Gang

Maricopa County Female Chain Gang – Images by Pat Shannahan One of the programs Maricopa COunty Sheriff Joe Arpaio is known for is the female chain gang. The chain gang is made up from inmates who have been sent from Tent City to Estrella Jail for discipline problems. At Estrella Jail the inmates are locked […]


U.S./ Mexico Border

U.S./ Mexico Border

US Mexico Border – Images by Pat Shannahan The U.S./Mexico border stretches for over 350 miles through Arizona. This collection of photos is from an ongoing story I am working on documenting the struggles along the border.


From Grunt to Graduate

From Grunt to Graduate

From Grunt to Graduate – Images by Pat Shannahan My photo story From Grunt to Graduate follows a high school student through his final days at Project Challenge, a residential program for high school drop outs run by the Arizona National Guard. Project Challenge is designed to teach “youth at risk” life coping skills, academics, […]


When Life and Death Meet

When Life and Death Meet

When Life and Death Meet – Images by Pat Shannahan When Veronica Cellis was diagnosed with cancer, doctors gave her no treatment options that allowed her to keep her baby. She decided to refuse treatment so her baby might live. By September, the cancer had moved to her brain leaving her brain-dead. Doctors kept her […]