The Innocents

There’s a great photo exhibit on display at Durham’s Center for Documentary Studies; if you’re in the area I don’t think you should miss it.

The Innocents is New York Times Magazine photographer, Taryn Simon’s series of photographs of individuals who served time in prison for violent crimes they did not commit. This from the museum’s press materials:

The mugshot—the emblem of photography in the criminal justice system—signifies the transition from innocent citizen to potential criminal. Whether it is recorded on film or in digital format, the mugshot is seen as raw and cheap: a small image, traditionally in black and white, that shows minimal detail of the subject. Simon confronts the mugshot form in these larger than life, high resolution color portraits that reveal more than the human eye can see on its own.

I saw the exhibit profiled on North Carolina Now last night and it looked very good. I’m going to check it out on my way home from work tonight. Unfortunately, The Innocents is about to close. The show will end Memorial day, Monday, May 31st, before heading for a Summer stint at MOMA in New York. Hurry to Durham if you want to check it out.

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