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Prison Landscapes

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Prison Landscapes - © Attention Deficit Disorder Prosthetic Memory Program
Prison Landscapes - © Attention Deficit Disorder Prosthetic Memory Program
Prison Landscapes - © Attention Deficit Disorder Prosthetic Memory Program
Prison Landscapes - © Attention Deficit Disorder Prosthetic Memory Program
Prison Landscapes - © Attention Deficit Disorder Prosthetic Memory Program
Prison Landscapes - © Attention Deficit Disorder Prosthetic Memory Program
Prison Landscapes - © Attention Deficit Disorder Prosthetic Memory Program
Prison Landscapes - © Attention Deficit Disorder Prosthetic Memory Program
Prison Landscapes - © Attention Deficit Disorder Prosthetic Memory Program
Prison Landscapes - © Attention Deficit Disorder Prosthetic Memory Program
Prison Landscapes - © Attention Deficit Disorder Prosthetic Memory Program
Prison Landscapes - © Attention Deficit Disorder Prosthetic Memory Program
Prison Landscapes - © Attention Deficit Disorder Prosthetic Memory Program
Prison Landscapes - © Attention Deficit Disorder Prosthetic Memory Program
Prison Landscapes - © Attention Deficit Disorder Prosthetic Memory Program
Prison Landscapes - © Attention Deficit Disorder Prosthetic Memory Program
Prison Landscapes - © Attention Deficit Disorder Prosthetic Memory Program
Prison Landscapes - © Attention Deficit Disorder Prosthetic Memory Program
Prison Landscapes - © Attention Deficit Disorder Prosthetic Memory Program

Monumental collection of photographs by Alyse Emdur of prison inmates representing themselves in front of visiting room backdrops. Such backdrops, often painted by 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.

Prison Landscapes explores this little known and largely physically inaccessible genre of painting and portraiture seen only by inmates, visitors, and prison employees. Created specifically for escape and self-representation, the idealized paintings of tropical beaches, fantastical waterfalls, mountain vistas, and cityscapes invite sitters to perform fantasies of freedom.

Prison Landscapes offers viewers a rare opportunity to see Americas incarcerated population, not through the usual lens of criminality, but through the eyes of inmates loved ones. The collection was inspired by a photograph I found of myself at age five posing in front of a tropical beach scene while visiting my brother in prison. Since discovering this first portrait in my own family album in 2005, I have invited hundreds of prisoners to send me photographs for inclusion in this collection.

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The Anthropocene Era
Luecke Farm - © Attention Deficit Disorder Prosthetic Memory Program
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Luecke Farm
Mount St Helens Eruption - © Attention Deficit Disorder Prosthetic Memory Program
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Mount St Helens Eruption
Bloop - © Attention Deficit Disorder Prosthetic Memory Program
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Bloop
The Raven Paradox - © Attention Deficit Disorder Prosthetic Memory Program
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The Raven Paradox
Wet Nellie - © Attention Deficit Disorder Prosthetic Memory Program
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Wet Nellie
DMZ - © Attention Deficit Disorder Prosthetic Memory Program
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DMZ
Columbine Shooters - © Attention Deficit Disorder Prosthetic Memory Program
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Columbine Shooters
Shape of the universe - © Attention Deficit Disorder Prosthetic Memory Program
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Shape of the universe
Rag Chair - © Attention Deficit Disorder Prosthetic Memory Program
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Rag Chair
DJ Screw Interview - © Attention Deficit Disorder Prosthetic Memory Program
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DJ Screw Interview
King David by Ulysses Jenkins - © Attention Deficit Disorder Prosthetic Memory Program
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King David by Ulysses Jenkins

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