Pete Brook: ‘Tattoos, scars and tears, Robert Gumpert’s work in San Francisco jails’
This week, Pete Brook came in from Seattle to speak to #picbod students about the work of Robert Gumpert in San Francisco jails. This was an amazing opportunity for #picbod students and a real honour for the class. The audio is now available to listen to here and will be available shortly on our iTunesU page.
As well as writing ‘Prison Photography‘ blog, Peter edits WIRED Magazine’s online photo feed, so he’s a pro-Photo Editor and very highly regarded photography commentator.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF PRISON PHOTOGRAPHY (IN LOOSE CATEGORIES)
Before the golden age of photojournalism, the photographing of prisoners was used for purposes of identification, order and discipline. The two part mugshot (front view and profile view) was standardised by Alphonse Bertillion. Police departments adopting the system had in-house technicians and photographers but they are anonymous in history.
Remarkable archives by anonymous police photographers exist the world over, but two noteworthy collections are in New Orleans and Sydney.
American prisons fell on to the radar of professional and committed photojournalists in the sixties and seventies, more and more. Three Magnum photographers (Eve Arnold, Bruno Barbey, Danny Lyon) went to Texas. Arnold returned to the subject . . . → Read More: Guest Lecture: Pete Brook – ‘Tattoos, scars and tears, Robert Gumpert’s work in San Francisco jails’