‘Prison Photography’ on the Road: Stories Behind the Photos

Pete Brook is a freelance writer and photography researcher based in Seattle, WA.  Following much attention to his blog, Prison Photography, Pete is launching a new project on the road.

‘Prison Photography’ on the Road is a journalism project focusing on photography, prisons, and education.

I’m going on a 12-week road-trip across America interviewing photographers who’ve documented the rise of the prison industrial complex. I’ll be meeting the most creative and celebrated photographers who, through their work in prisons, have shaped America’s visual culture and the debate on U.S. criminal justice. I’ll also be speaking to leading practitioners in the fields of prison arts, prison education, law and advocacy. I’ll be making a handful of presentations in colleges, and hopefully prisons too.

I will conduct over 40 audio interviews, publish them online and make them available free of charge for non-commercial use within the prison reform and photography communities. My writing during the trip will also be licensed under Creative Commons. I’m doing the legwork so others can enjoy the ride and use the results. It’s going to be a lot of work, but it’s going to be a lot of fun.

Between now and the new year, I’ll be working diligently to connect with non-profit organisations who can benefit from using the material created. The project may last 12 weeks, but the long-tail of content will be used in perpetuity.

If you would like to learn more, support the project, or get in touch, please visit my Kickstarter page.

One thought on “‘Prison Photography’ on the Road: Stories Behind the Photos

  1. What a fantastic project, Pete! Your blog & photo commentaries are excellent – such important and much-needed work that you’re doing. Thank you! I’d love to connect with you, as I did a cross-country speaking tour last year on prison issues (10 weeks, 9000 miles, 40 speaking gigs in 30 cities) – sounds like your itinerary is in great shape, but I’d love to chat and see if there might be some additional people & places I could suggest from my tour last year. Also, we’d be happy to host you here in Lancaster, PA. Hope to hear from you!
    Melanie Snyder
    Author, Grace Goes to Prison

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