Laura Saunders is a photographer and filmmaker working in southern Arizona and southwest Virginia. She graduated with distinction from the Documentary Photography & Photojournalism Masters Program at The London College of Communication in 2011. Her work deals with environmental extraction in rural Appalachia, as well as stories rooted in the historical understanding of forced migration, for-profit incarceration, and the growing industry of U.S. border militarization.
She is a member of the Juntos photo cooperative, Women Photograph, and an IWMF fellow. Her work has been exhibited in the U.K. and U.S., and with organizations including the Bronx Documentary Center and Looking at Appalachia. Her work can be found in The Intercept, Der Spiegel, The Guardian, High Country News, and Politico, among others.