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Unites States of America: war zones
15 January 2020. The sounds you hear are constant in the streets where I come from. The irony is these same sounds erupt in the center of war zones. Is that where we live?"
Tewhan reacts to Bertrand Gaudillère's photograph about the sense of hearing.
Who is to speak for the prison?
We asked several prisoners, separated by countries, walls, and cultures, to react to Bertrand Gaudillère’s images. They talk about their perceptions of Touch, Sight, Taste, Smell, Hearing, and, for good measure, Time and Space.
Colombia: demanding justice
15 January 2020. "I am one of hundreds of political prisoners here, who stood up against an unjust political system. For me, this picture portrays us in other places."
Ricardo reacts to Bertrand Gaudillère's photograph about the sense of hearing.
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Mexico: une émeute dans une prison fait 16 morts
Democratic Republic of Congo: à Kinshasa, onze morts dans l’enfer de la prison de Makala
USA: prison américaine de Guantanamo: 18 années d'un trou noir juridique continu
Turkey: déportations de prisonniers, la pratique courante
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France: an elusive escape
9 December 2019. Art can take any form, whether through freedom of movement or through voice. It can mean liberation as much as a depiction of liberty. And in prison? How is this liberation expressed behind prison walls?
United States of America: cheese on a trap
29 November 2019. "My first day was not my first time. Like many 28-year-old black men, I had several first days in jail". Qwantay has been incarcerated for 16 years. He will be released in 2034. Prison Insider asked him what his first day in prison was like. This is what he wrote.
Pakistan: 18 years in a death cell despite his innocence
20 November 2019. "Being on death row made me truly understand the concept of death. During my incarceration I witnessed about 50 executions". Safeer spent 18 years in prison. The High Court commuted his death sentence to life imprisonment. He has now been released on bail to await his Supreme Court appeal. He tells his story.
France: "a compromised version of life"
12 November 2019. "My immersion is introspective, I project images, eroded by time, on the walls of my memory, they are timeless. Often painful memories of a past life, almost forgotten, whose voice is fading little by little."
Christophe reacts to Bertrand Gaudillère's photograph about the sense of sight.
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Conjugal visits are allowed for prisoners and take place in private rooms, located inside the prison compound. Cosmin Bumbut photographed those places, when they were empty.
Of Lengths and Measures
When nights start to fall, prisons still glow on the outskirts of towns. Stephen Tourlentes unveils the architectural stigma of incarceration.
Cinema in prison
Four Tunisian prisons host screenings at a film festival. Augustin Le Gall, a photojournalist, brings back a sample of the wind of freedom that blew into Borj Erroumi prison.
Waiting for Justice
Children are incarcerated illegally in the maximum security prison of Pademba, in Sierra Leone. Fernando Moleres shares with us the daily lives of the minors in the Prison of Freetown.
Being deprived of freedom causes extreme distress. The images by Sebastien van Malleghem denounce the archaic and opaque walls which enclose these men and women and their broken lives.
The Franklin Masacre survivors
Carlos Hernandez photographed the men who survived Franklin Masacre’s reign over the General Penitentiary of Venezuela.
Prisoners are waiting. Most of them will never be judged because their files are missing. Many will die.
Seyi Rhodes, reporter, comments on photographs he has taken inside the Port-au-Prince prison.
More than one million children are imprisonned throughout the world, according to UNICEF. In Madagascar, a large majority of them are yet to be judged.
Pierre Duvert captures their everyday life.
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In Belarus, people are locked up to wean them off alcohol. These are strange places where time seems to have stopped after the fall of Soviet Union.
Children languishing in dark cells. They are victims of alleged arbitrary justice, and they spend years without seeing the inside of a courtroom.
From 2011 to 2014, Grégoire Korganow went inside some 20 corrections facilities and photographed everything he saw: inside the cells, courtyard, visitation booths, showers, solitary confinement block, and more, by day and by night.
The everyday lives of inmates, guards and visitors.
Prisons of Madagascar
“Overcrowding, the stench of urine as soon as you cross the threshold, rats and vermin everywhere…” Virginie de Galzain
Breaking the Circle
Minors released from prison have no access to reentry programs. Some go back to the streets and try to survive; others receive support from various organisations.
Story of Earl Reinhardt
While seeking out a subject for a report on aging detainees, Sarah Bones meets Earl, who has spent the past 50 of his 75 years behind bars.