About the Traveling Exhibitions

Life After Life in Prison examines the lives of four women — Tracy, Evelyn, Carol, and Keila — as they return to society after serving anywhere from 17 to 35 years in New York State’s maximum security prison for women. While each of their stories is unique, they illuminate many of the problems inherent in today’s criminal justice system. The 32 images are on archival paper, size 16” x 20”.

Life After Life in Prison: The Bedroom Project, comprises 18 portraits of formerly incarcerated women in their bedrooms as well as details of some of the bedrooms. The 20 images are on archival paper, size 20” x 24”, and on each paper is a reproduction of the subjects’ handwritten statements, providing glimpses of their lives both inside and outside prison.

Life After Life in Prison: Looking Inside—Portraits of Women Serving Life Sentences, comprises 20 portraits of women serving life sentences at Bedford Hills and Taconic Correctional facilities in New York. The images are on archival paper, size 20” x 24”, and on each paper is a reproduction of the subjects’ handwritten statements.

At any of the exhibitions, Sara Bennett can conduct a panel conversation with her subjects. For more information, please contact Sara Bennett.

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“You are my ‘why I do this.’” — A Bronx Defender, Photoville guestbook, Brooklyn

“Thank you for letting these women have a voice and sharing their stories.” — Leah from L.A., Photoville guestbook, Brooklyn

“Your work is powerful, provocative, and inspiring. Both the Law School and the community have been educated and enriched beyond any measure that words could have accomplished.” — Mary Lu Bilek, Dean, CUNY School of Law, April 30, 2018.

“Our great rotunda regularly draws countless judges, court staff, jurors and all manner of visitors to our court. From the moment your exhibition went on display it attracted significant attention from all of these quarters and ... it was very apparent that so many of those viewers were ‘connecting’ with your important work.”  — LS, Senior Court Analyst, New York County Courthouse, November 27, 2017

The room was hot, but students, faculty and outsiders alike sat and stood wherever they could, all attentive and fascinated.... “I think students are hungry for real things,” said [Dean] Kessler, “things that bring what they’re learning in the classroom in contact with something concrete.”  — The Purchase Beat,  September 16, 2015.

Thank you for sharing these wonderful photos.... I am a state court judge in Wisconsin and I know that it is important to think about the human story of every person who comes before my bench. — MH, W83 Gallery guestbook, NYC 

Thank you for pointing your camera in a direction we need to look at with love, care, and deep concern.  — CJ, Photoville guestbook, Brooklyn

“First you opened our eyes and hearts to the women who had been released after serving long sentences in prison and were trying to live on the outside. And now you take us inside the prison to show us the women who have been invisible and voiceless in our society. I can’t think of any more significant way to use photography than what you are doing with it!” – Patricia Lay Dorsey (Grandma Techno) 

 

Photoville, Brooklyn Bridge Park, 2018

Photoville, Brooklyn Bridge Park, 2018

In the windows at CUNY Law School, Long Island City, NY (February 14 to March 28, 2018).

In the windows at CUNY Law School, Long Island City, NY (February 14 to March 28, 2018).