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Prison Nation

This spring, Aperture magazine will release “Prison Nation,” addressing the unique role photography plays in creating a visual record of the crisis of mass incarceration in the United States. Organized with the scholar Nicole R. Fleetwood, “Prison Nation” will be accompanied by a related exhibition from February 7 through March 7, 2018, as well as a series of six public programs—featuring speakers such as Nigel Poor, Jamel Shabazz, Deborah Luster, Bruce Jackson, Jesse Krimes, Sable Elyse Smith, Joseph Rodriguez, and more—all to take place at Aperture Foundation’s gallery.

“Prison Nation” is on newsstands March 6, 2018.

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Table of Contents

Front

Agenda
Sally Mann, Being: New Photography 2018, Sory Sanlé, Zineb Sedira

Backstory
Simon Baker on Man Ray

On Portraits
Geoff Dyer on Garry Winogrand

Dispatches
Haleh Anvari on Tehran

Curriculum
by Gregory Halpern

Words

Editors’ Note: Prison Nation

Truth & Reconciliation
Bryan Stevenson in Conversation with Sarah Lewis

The Mug Shot: A Brief History
by Shawn Michelle Smith

Bruce Jackson: On the Inside
by Brian Wallis

Behind These Prison Walls
Jamel Shabazz and Lorenzo Steele, Jr. in Conversation with Zarinah Shabazz

Marking Time
by Nicole R. Fleetwood

Solitary Resistance
Jesse Krimes in Conversation with Hank Willis Thomas

Prison Index
by Pete Brook

Pictures

Jack Lueders-Booth
Introduction by Christie Thompson

Lucas Foglia
Introduction by Jordan Kisner

Deborah Luster
Introduction by Zachary Lazar

Nigel Poor
Introduction by Rebecca Bengal

Sable Elyse Smith
Introduction by Jessica Lynne

Joseph Rodriguez
Introduction by Reginald Dwayne Betts

Zora J Murff
Introduction by Ruby Tapia

Emily Kinni
Introduction by Virginia Grise

Stephen Tourlentes
Introduction by Mabel O. Wilson

Back

Aperture Beat

Object Lessons
Stereograph of Sing Sing Prison, ca. 1860s

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