Pete Brook’s site Prison Photography (and Tumblr cousin) is one of the best photography blogs. And now there’s a Kickstarter project: ‘Prison Photography’ on the Road: Stories Behind the Photos.
The issue of incarceration in the United States is massive, involving millions of people. Before following Brook’s site, I never felt passionate about this issue, the flawed and very expensive prison system that we seem to be more eager to pay for than our education system.
Like war and famine, it’s not entirely clear how looking at photographs of this system actually changes it. Brook acknowledges this and explains in the excellent New York Times Lens interview. Photographers witness these situations, bring back bits of the experience, editors like Brook parse these fragments, provide context and sustain interest. He’s been successful so far.
150 people have funded the project. It has about a week to go - you can chip in lunch money or buy one of several fine photographs, including the one above.