Photo Essay


Prison 7

The Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia was built and run to help rehabilitate convicted criminals. Inmates lived in solitary confinement, which progressive thinkers of the time believed would give criminals time to think and repent. They were allowed out of their cells for only 30 minutes a day and had to wear masks during that time so they could not recognize each other. Communication between inmates was forbidden.

These conditions were thought to be humane, and the prison was built after years of lobbying by the Philadelphia Society for Alleviating the Miseries of Public Prison. This prison became the model for prisons in the United States and other countries in the world.

How barbaric will our current methods of incarceration prove to be in years to come?

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4 responses

  • Claire Crocker

    Claire Crocker gave props (11 Aug 2011):

    Fantastic photo essay! Your photos are superb... well composed, with amazing use of natural light. I'm a fan!!!

  • Nicolette de Joncaire

    Nicolette de Joncaire   gave props (11 Aug 2011):

    Completely agree with Claire. More of a haunted castle than a penitentiary

  • Brian Betteridge

    Brian Betteridge gave props (17 Aug 2011):

    love 'em!

  • elena fava emerson

    elena fava emerson said (23 Sep 2011):

    nice photography!!!!

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