The LA exhibition attempting to re-humanize US prisons

With the Frist Museum in Tennessee, Chandra McCormick and Keith Calhoun have created a traveling exhibition whose heavy subject matter insists on a deep and sensitive reading. They have been capturing the lives of prison inmates for over thirty years at one of the largest prisons in the US. On first seeing their black-and-white images, one is likely to be overcome by the ill-treatment of the prisoners at Louisiana State Penitentiary; the echoes of a slave narrative and the degradation of the inhabitants is a painful story to live, witness, and retell.

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