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.
»This series is an exploration into the tattoos and lives of members of South Africa’s „Numbers“ prison gangs (the 26s, 27s & 28s) after having been released back into society, normally after many years, if not decades, of imprisonment (read more).« Araminta de Clermont is a photographer currently based in London.
Markus Linnenbrink was commissioned to paint the visitors tunnel at the new JVA (prison) in Düsseldorf, Germany. »Visitor access (for family, lawyers, police…) has to be under ground by law in newly constructed prisons in Germany. This tunnel covers the 40 m (about 132 feet) between the security check in the front building and the visitors area in one of the inner prison buildings«, it says on the website.