London: Phaidon Press Limited, 2000. 1st Edition. Small folio, publisher's photo-illustrated paper-covered boards lettered in white, photo-illustrated endpapers, original printed glassine blurb slip laid in.
"Look at the women in these pages. They have been courageous enough to assume their guilt, to try to change, and even to speak to us through words and photographs. These are the women we have turned our backs on" (from the preface). Monograph on women's experiences in prison by award-winning documentary photographer Jane Evelyn Atwood. A Parisian resident since 1971, Atwood attempted to obtain access to prisons in France in the early 80s, but was refused. Nine years later, on a chance assignment, she was finally able to enter a women's prison in Toulon, and went on to spend ten years creating her series. Atwood documented more than 40 prisons throughout Europe and the United States, including death row. Atwood renders an intimate and rare portrait – austere in composition, striking and harrowing – of a population our collective consciousness ceaselessly attempts to forget. Illustrated with 150 black-and-white photos (many full-page). Many of the photos are accompanied by excerpts from transcripts of interviews with the subjects, both prisoners and staff; also with reproductions of written ephemera, including a mother's day card from an incarcerated woman's 10-year old son. In 2018, the series was adapted into a play by French actress and director Fatima Soualhia Manet. Owner signature to p.10. No dust jacket, as issued. Fine. Item #1857