RORHOF

PRISON PHOTOGRAPHY

Prison Photography is a collection of 137 shots taken by the inmates of the Penal Institution of Bolzano/Bozen, Italy during the photography course taught therein by the artist Nicolò Degiorgis between 2013 and 2017.

Playing with and around the limitations imposed by the prison’s own isolation, the shots are a gateway into the world as this can be seen through the eyes of an incarcerated individual, spending its days in the shared, claustrophobic cells of a jail, in the absence of privacy, in poor hygienic conditions and far removed from the outside world.

Divided into thematic chapters spanning a range of photographic techniques, the book aims to trigger a reflection on the medium of photography as much as on its ability to act as a means of escape from the monotony of life in prison.