More National Media Coverage for “Photo Requests from Solitary”
Major national media outlets including Aljazeera, Salon, Huffington Post, Gawker, Flavorwire, Wired, and The Story recently highlighted alumna Laurie Jo Reynolds’s (MFA 2000) project Photo Requests from Solitary. A subset of her grassroots legislative initiative Tamms Year Ten Campaign founded in 2008, the project fulfills photo requests from inmates held in solitary confinement. The Daily Mail, the world’s most visited news site, also covered the “remarkable and strangely touching photo project” in an image-heavy feature published on September 25. “People living in solitary confinement is an anomaly in human history and now the U.S. has been doing it for 20 years,” says Reynolds. “We've never asked about their minds, how they are surviving. The interesting thing about the project is that many men had just one image in their mind—that was what they were thinking about.” Reynolds is the recent recipient of Creative Time’s $15,000 Leonore Annenberg Prize for Art and Social Change. SAIC’s Sullivan Galleries exhibited Photo Requests from Solitary and Tamms Ten Year Campaign Office last fall.