Images from Alcatraz

We Americans have an obsession with Hollywood. It’s what leads us to pay $26 to visit a prison, a place where fellow Americans were locked up in tiny cells and separated from their loved ones. Filled with happy go-lucky tourists buying kitschy keepsakes, Alcatraz was doubly nightmarish, both as a real, scary place and as a consumerist trap. Once we stepped inside the main barracks, we were given headphones to listen to a well-produced audio tour; for over an hour we walked with hundreds of others, each listening through our headphones to the voices of former inmates and guards.  As I listened, I searched for visuals that caught my eye.

Also: If you haven’t been to Alcatraz, consider going in the next week to see pieces from Evan Bissell’s latest project, What Cannot Be Taken Away.


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