“Posing in Prison” examines vernacular photography and studio portraiture taken inside US prisons through an investigation of the production practices and the circulation of these images in and out of prisons. The photographs include images that document family visits to incarcerated relatives and portraits taken by incarcerated photographers in makeshift studios designed in prison. The article considers how such photographs function as practices of intimacy and belonging for those imprisoned and their loved ones.
Posing in Prison: Family Photographs, Emotional Labor, and Carceral Intimacy
Nicole R. Fleetwood is associate professor of American studies and director of the Institute for Research on Women at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey. She is the author of Troubling Vision: Performance, Visuality, and Blackness (2011) and On Racial Icons: Blackness and the Public Imagination (2015). Her current book project is a study of prison art and visuality in the era of mass incarceration.
Nicole R. Fleetwood; Posing in Prison: Family Photographs, Emotional Labor, and Carceral Intimacy. Public Culture 1 September 2015; 27 (3 (77)): 487–511. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/08992363-2896195
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