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Good-Bye Freedom

I’ve had some disconcerting experiences in the 12 years I’ve been taking photographs in Illinois prisons. I’ll never forget the day I was caught in the middle of a riot at Menard and got shoved into a cell for my own safety. Or the time I was threatened at Stateville by gang members. But I […]

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Never Done

I set out to photograph women whose primary job is taking care of their homes and families, or who fit my mother’s description of herself, “retired homemaker.” I couldn’t find anyone else who calls herself a homemaker. And housewife? Don’t even think about it. But I did find stay-at-home moms, artists in limbo, a “volunteer […]

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Reader to Reader

At the main-gate guardhouse at Stateville, the morning after Gacy’s execution, I’m in line with 12 other people waiting to visit inmates when a guard enters the waiting area pushing a two-wheel cart half filled with Gacy’s personal possessions. Two other guards are in the room. Sergeant says, “Whose butt did you kiss to get […]