Prison Obscura is opening Friday January 24, with a gallery talk at 4:30pm. Opening Reception at the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery in Haverford College 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. The exhibition will be on view until March 7, 2014.
Curated by Prison Photography editor Pete Brook, Prison Obscura presents rarely seen vernacular, surveillance, evidentiary, and prisoner-made photographs, shedding light on the prison industrial complex. Why do tax-paying, prison-funding citizens rarely get the chance to see such images? And what roles do these pictures play for those within the system? With stark aesthetic detail and meticulous documentation, Prison Obscura builds the case that Americans must come face to face with these images and imaging technologies both to grasp the cancerous proliferation of the U.S. prison system and to connect with those it confines.