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FRONTIERS 63

YOU ARE ENTERING FRONTIERS

Fourteen years ago, when the first issue of COLORS appeared, the “rest of the world” of our motto felt remote. The 24–hour global news cycle hadn’t quite kicked in yet, the World Wide Web was still the rarefied domain of academic researchers, and virtually no one had an e–mail address.
Since then, of course, the First World—and much of the developing world—has been sucked into persistent interconnectivity. The rest of the world closed in, and can seem, at times, no farther away than the blink of an eye, particularly when military actions—by armies, by terrorists— reverberate around the globe's mediasphere literally at the speed of light.
 
But that proximity is, of course, an illusion; it’s a fiction that frontiers have all been crossed, rendered moot. The “rest of the world” beyond one’ s own borders remains dauntingly misrepresented, misunderstood, impenetrable. And those unexplored realms beyond one’s familiar geographic and conceptual borders (one of the key definitions of “frontier” in English) still abound across the planet and the universe.
Even in the age of know–it–all global media interconnectivity, there remain vast unknowns. With that in mind we undertook the theme of this issue: “Frontiers.”

With that in mind we undertook the theme of issue:”Frontiers“.

“Welcome to everywhere and nowhere.“
YOU ARE ENTERING FRONTIERS


Chief border guard at Narva-Ivangorod's
checkpoint on Estoniašs northeast frontier with Russsia, 2002.
PHOTO BY Yann Mingard
WELCOME TO ROSH HANIKRA, ISRAEL


Corporal at an Israeli defense forces base along the Israel–Lebanon border, 2004.
PHOTO BY Gillian Laub
WELCOME TO ADIGRAT, ETHIOPIA


Indian troops with the UN mission for Ethiopia and Eritrea policing the
Ethiopian–Eritrean border, 2004.
PHOTO BY Sven Torfinn
WELCOME TO THE DMZ


South Korean soldiers on the lookout for North Koreans crossing into the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea, 2002.
PHOTO BY Michael Yamashita
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