Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Prison Photography

Pete Brook's Prison Photography is hardly the same ol', same ol' when it comes to your average, everyday photo blog. And most likely it's not a niche the photo art world will be beating a path to, but one by which its very nature demands particular interest, curiosity and attention.

At a time when the photo world seeks to round up their wagons into ever tighter (and more monied) circles, it's good to see someone headed in the other direction and seeking to broaden the base into areas not served by the usual hype and flavor du jour.

Not your particular cup o' tea? Well, you never know what you may miss- including Christiane Feser's beautiful and intriguing essay on German prison environs beyond the prison cells.

1 comment:

Pete Brook said...


Thanks for the review. It's always good to get an outside reminder that I am skirting themes that have no place in any distinct discipline.

Everyone knows some work done within or about sites of incarceration - my task is to aggregate that in one place and make sense of it all. The difficulty comes in satisfying those interested in fine art, those of the 'documentary-bent' and those outside of the photo-community interested in prison reform.

Notions of in/visibility of the prison persist through most of my considerations.