Prison pictures

Mirrors

These images are based on a group of about two hundred 3×4″ identification photographs made between 1914 and 1937 that I found in a drawer in the Arkansas penitentiary in the summer of 1975. The photographs of the men were loose in the drawer; the photographs of the women — all of them white — were in a small brown envelope. Most of the photographs of the men were taken inside, against a wall or a cloth; most of the photographs of the women were taken outside, near a fence, in a wicker chair.

I don’t know what I’m going to use these for… but I’m going to do something.


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