photography series

Prison Landscapes

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.

State Correctional Institution, Houtzdale, Pennsylvania

State Correctional Institution, Houtzdale, Pennsylvania

Woodbourne Correctional Facility, Woodbourne, New York.

Woodbourne Correctional Facility, Woodbourne, New York.

Federal Correctional Institution II, Butner, North Carolina.

Federal Correctional Institution II, Butner, North Carolina.

Realistic Worlds & Managed Spaces

Realistic Worlds & Managed Spaces by Ray Ewing.

Skaket Beach Motel. Cape Cod

Skaket Beach Motel. Cape Cod

Gulf of St. Lawrence Room. Montréal Biodôme

Gulf of St. Lawrence Room. Montréal Biodôme

Trader Joe's. Hyannis, MA

Trader Joe’s. Hyannis, MA

VooDoo Beach at The Rio. Las Vegas, NV

VooDoo Beach at The Rio. Las Vegas, NV

Wildwood Inn & Tropical Dome. Florence, KY

Wildwood Inn & Tropical Dome. Florence, KY

All images © Ray Ewing.

Murals in Tehran

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.

Murals in Tehran by Mehdi Ghadyanloo

Murals in Tehran - Mehdi Ghadyanloo

Mehdi Ghadyanloo

All images © Mehdi Ghadyanloo.

The Collapse of the American Shopping Mall

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.

The Collapse of the American Shopping Mall

The Collapse of the American Shopping Mall

The Collapse of the American Shopping Mall

The Collapse of the American Shopping Mall

All images © Seph Lawless.

Lawless‘ photos of abandoned shopping malls are collected in a book, Black Friday – The collapse of the American shopping Mall, Artivist Publishing (2014). Check out his work here.