These are amazing pictures, perhaps the most exceptional ever on the subject of incarceration. You really get a sense of how much time the photographer has put into making this corpus of work; he's had to stay in prisons himself for so long that he's become part of the furniture and gain the trust of the young inmates, a daunting prospect. It takes a special man to be able to do this, and a very special eye to be able to continue to see despite being trapped in such bleak places. The viewer is left asking how prisons like this could do anything other than product institutionally mutilated repeated-offenders. The reproduction of the work is very basic, though, with murky blacks and small prints. The book itself is hard to hold open, which makes appreciating the pictures more awkward and, of course, the whole thing is in French! Still, if incarceration is a theme for you, as it is for me, this is essential viewing. I wish there were more books by Sluban Klavdij available.
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