Luster, Deborah - One Big Self: Prisoners of Louisiana
In 1998 photographer Deborah Luster and poet C.D. Wright set out to produce a record of Louisiana's prison population through image and text. One Big Self is a document to ward off forgetting, an opportunity for those inmates to present themselves as they would be seen, bringing what they own or borrow or use: work tools, objects of their making, messages of their choosing, their bodies, themselves. The photographer has been commissioned, in a sense, by the inmates to make portraits for their loved ones - trying to ensure a balance between photograph and subject, to connect the viewer, whether mother, child, friend or stranger, to the prisoner. The view is inherently personal.
Deborah Luster (born 1951) is a photographic artist from Northwest Arkansas, US, and has been a professional photographer since the 1990s. Luster has at least one book in print, One Big Self: Prisoners of Louisiana, and is known for using older technology such as tintype to document and artistically portray violent crime and related topics. She is published and discussed in various international media such as The Economist, educational sources such as the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, galleries such as the Jack Shainman Gallery and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Publisher: Twin Palms Pub; 1st edition (2003)
Hardcover: 248 pages
Dimensions: 28,6 x 2,5 x 31,8 cm
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