Aperture 230

Spring 2018

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Aperture Magazine
#230, Spring 2018

Prison Nation
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.

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

Simon Baker on Man Ray

On Portraits
Geoff Dyer on Garry Winogrand

Haleh Anvari on Tehran

By Gregory Halpern

Aperture Beat

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

Editors’ Note: Prison Nation

Truth & Reconciliation
Images, narrative, and racial justice
Bryan Stevenson in Conversation with Sarah Lewis

The Mug Shot: A Brief History
On the origins of criminal typologies
By Shawn Michelle Smith

Bruce Jackson: On the Inside
A folklorist’s 1970s-era chronicle of prisons in Texas and Arkansas
By Brian Wallis

Behind These Prison Walls
Two photographers and former corrections officers reflect on life at Rikers Island
Jamel Shabazz and Lorenzo Steele, Jr. in Conversation with Zarinah Shabazz

Marking Time
When a loved one is incarcerated, how do portrait studios keep families together?
By Nicole R. Fleetwood

Solitary Resistance
Behind bars, an artist transforms prison-issued materials into powerful works of art
Jesse Krimes in Conversation with Hank Willis Thomas

Prison Index
An online project about images of incarceration becomes a public resource
By Pete Brook

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

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.