Alyse Emdur — Prison Landscapes

Alyse Emdur — Prison Landscapes


In 'Prison Landscapes' artist Alyse Emdur 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. The book explores the little known genre of pointing and portraiture seen only by inmates, visitors and prison employees. Created specifically for escape and self-presentation, the paintings of tropical beaches, waterfalls, mountain vistas and cityscapes invite sitters to engage in fantasies of freedom.

Four Corners Books, Four Corners Books, 2012, 176 pages plus fold-out sections, 165 × 235mm, English, Softcover.

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