Photo Requests From Solitary presents images requested by prisoners at Tamms Prison.
Photo Requests From Solitary presents images requested by prisoners at Tamms Prison.
November 16

Sullivan Galleries Programs Draw Press Coverage

WBEZ announced the November 16 presentation of Photo Requests From Solitary, a display of images and conversation in conjunction with the current exhibition Tamms Year Ten Campaign Office at SAIC’s Sullivan Galleries. The group’s coalition asked men inside Tamms, many of whom are held in solitary confinement, to request images of the outside world.  As WBEZ reports, “the requests include: a brown and white ‘warmblood’ horse rearing in weather cold enough to see its breath; the Masonic temple in Washington, D.C.; what's left of the Robert Taylor Homes; a heartsick clown with a feather pen; one prisoner's mother in front of a mansion with money and a Hummer.” Ex-prisoners and their families were present to share their experiences in a conversation led by SAIC Photography professor Claire Pentecost. On Friday November 2 OpedNews.com featured Solitary Confinement and Human Rights: An Evening of American Stories. Activist and author Robert King and Amnesty International’s Tessa Murphy led a discussion investigating the use of solitary confinement in United States prisons on November 9. Speakers explored three regionally diverse cases—the Angola 3, the California Secure Housing Units, and Tamms CMAX prison.