Aperture 230 - Spring 2018
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.
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: 2018-03-06
Measurements: 9.25 x 12 x 0.6 inches
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
Sally Mann, Being: New Photography 2018, Sory Sanlé, Zineb Sedira
Simon Baker on Man Ray
Geoff Dyer on Garry Winogrand
Haleh Anvari on Tehran
by Gregory Halpern
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
by Nicole R. Fleetwood
Jesse Krimes in Conversation with Hank Willis Thomas
by Pete Brook
Introduction by Christie Thompson
Introduction by Jordan Kisner
Introduction by Zachary Lazar
Introduction by Rebecca Bengal
Sable Elyse Smith
Introduction by Jessica Lynne
Introduction by Reginald Dwayne Betts
Zora J Murff
Introduction by Ruby Tapia
Introduction by Virginia Grise
Introduction by Mabel O. Wilson
Stereograph of Sing Sing Prison, ca. 1860s