Creating a photo book about life in prison can be highly challenging as a photographer, to say the least. Being able to capture images using a cell phone of life inside a concrete and steel facility that is guarded 24 hours 7 days a week, is even more difficult and risky when the photographer is the inmate and cells phones are considered contraband.
P23175 presents a unique and eye opening collection of images taken from inside a prison while guards complete block checks walking the tier. Images include the common area where inmates congregate outside of their cells. Photos of Top Ramen, toilet paper, and makeshift tattoo guns and a “celly” is being tattooed are all documented fast but strategically. There are also Images of P23175 doing sets of pull ups using a make shift pull up bar out of material which is hung from the ceiling light fixture.
As many of you may think this to be impossible and perceive this as being wrong, I actually appreciate this body of work. P23175 took risks to document his life behind the walls from his own perspective, not a photographers or journalists perspective. That in itself, gives much more meaning to this body of work.
Published by Kill Your Idols
Edition of 500