Aperture 230 - Spring 2018

Prison Nation

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How photographs portray the
crisis of incarceration in the US.

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? Organized with the scholar Nicole R. Fleetwood, an expert on art’s relation to incarceration, the Spring issue of Aperture magazine addresses the unique role photography plays in creating a visual record of a national crisis.

“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.
Format: Paperback / softback
Number of pages: 128
Publication date: 03-06-2018
Measurements: 12 x 9.25 x 0.6 inches
ISBN: 9781597114332


Aperture magazine’s “Prison Nation” issue was funded with generous lead support from the Reba Judith Sandler Foundation. Additional funding for the magazine is provided by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Board of Trustees and Members of Aperture Foundation. Additional public funds are from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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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