In a sense, Taryn Simon's photographs of "The Innocents," 44 men and one woman who were convicted and jailed for crimes they did not commit, are beyond criticism. Although they're considerably less interesting and less inventive than the fashion and editorial work Simon did previously, they have the undeniable authority of documents, however manipulated and manipulative. Working closely with Peter Neufeld and Barry Scheck's Innocence Project, whose pro bono work helped exonerate all her subjects on the basis of new DNA evidence, Simon spent much of 2001 photographing former prisoners, frequently at the scene of... More >>>
By Taryn Simon: The Innocents/courtesy Umbrage Editions
They dont need to entertain us: Calvin Washington, C&E Motel, Room No. 24, Waco, Texas (2001).