"Most prisons and jails across the United States do not allow prisoners to have access to cameras. At a moment when 2.2 million people are incarcerated in the US, 3.8 million people are on probation, and 870,000 former prisoners are on parole, how can images tell the story of mass incarceration when the imprisoned don’t have control over their own representation? How can photographs visualize a reality that disproportionately affects people of color, and, for many, remains outside of view?"
Having grown up in a prison city (one depicted in the magazine) and having a strong relationships to both prisoners and guards alike.. this was a really interesting show and catalog. I think the show was really well thought out and the accompanying essays are incredible. I have really enjoyed the weekly lecture / discussion series that accompanies the exhibition. This is well played considering the density of such a matter. Check out the show or order the catalog, it is well worth it.