Elyse Emdur: Prison Landscapes

Elyse Emdur: Prison Landscapes
Library Shelf Location 18.EMDU
Publication Date 2012

In Prison Landscapes artist Alyse Emdur (born 1983) presents over 100 photographs of prison inmates presenting themselves in front of the idealized landscapes of painted visiting-room backdrops, posing with their visitors and pretending, for a moment, that they are elsewhere. Prison Landscapes explores this little-known genre of painting and portraiture seen only by inmates, visitors and prison employees. Created specifically for escape and self-representation, the paintings of tropical beaches, waterfalls, mountain vistas and cityscapes invite sitters to engage in fantasies of freedom. Prison Landscapes offers viewers a rare opportunity to see America's incarcerated population, not through the usual lens of criminality, but through the eyes of inmates' loved ones. The book includes correspondence with prisoners and an interview with prison artist Darrell Van Mastrigt.

ISBN 9780956192868
Quantity 1
Pages 216 Pages, 165mm x 25mm x 229mm
Author Alyse Emdur
Format softback
Publisher Four Corners Books, London
Related Artist Alyse Emdur
Categories Artist (relating to a single artist/collaborative team), Photography
Keywords Documentary photography, Portraits
Artist's Nationality American (USA)
Language English

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