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Talking Pictures from Inside California's Prisons

Take a Pictue Website

Photographer Robert Gumpert has been documenting the criminal justice system for decades. His new project is a website called Take a Picture, Tell a Story, where he matches photos from the inside with recordings of his subjects talking about whatever is on their mind. It's a riveting experiment in documentary photography. "While working on a short project documenting the closing of San Francisco County Jail 3, then the state’s oldest county jail, a simple idea and phrase kept nagging at me," writes Gumpert. "The phrase, 'I take your photo, you tell me a story' sums up the idea. It was 2006 and San Francisco Sheriff Hennessy said yes. Now this ongoing project has a name and a place to be seen and heard."

(Thanks, Prison Photography.)