Alyse Endur’s book Prison Landscapes is a compilation of prison inmates presenting themselves in front of visiting room backdrops. »Such backdrops, often painted by talented inmates, are used within the prisons as portrait studios. As inmates and their visitors pose for photos in front of these idealized landscapes they pretend, for a brief moment, that they are someplace else. The photographs are given to these visitors as gifts to take home and remember the faces of their loved ones while they are incarcerated«, she writes.
The gap between the wealthy and the poor as evident as in these pictures can go without any further explanations. But keep in mind that these photos have not only been taken in so called third-world or threshold countries. El Contraste Entre La Pobreza Y La Riqueza En El Mundo
Mehdi Ghadyanloo is an Iranian artist who has been painting murals and walls in Tehran for the last 5 years. His experience in those years encompasses a variety of projects from painting walls to complex facade decoration. Till now he has painted more than 100 walls in Tehran. See more: http://www.behance.net/ghadyy.
All images © Mehdi Ghadyanloo.
The Collapse of the American Shopping Mall by Seph Lawless – a haunting documentary photo series about broken store windows, ceiling panels fall out of their frames, dried flower beds and other torn down mall interiors. Shopping malls, the commercial anchors of the U.S. suburbs, are going dark.
All images © Seph Lawless.