Davis Receives Grant from the Pollination Project

The Skill Builders Unit in the Washington Correction Center in Washington State holds a prison population of inmates deemed particularly vulnerable. Many face great intellectual and literacy challenges. The Skill Builders Project represents photography, both by Davis and of the Skill Builders enrolled in the prison’s first-ever photography class. This …

MIT Press Publishes Public Servants

MIT Press, in collaboration with the New Museum has just published a book entitled Public Servants: Art and the Crisis of the Common Good. The book features an essay by Joshua Dubler commissioned explicitly for the volume about Prison Obscura. Joshua’s essay appears on pages 141-158.  Images from some of my juvenile  incarcerated students …

Prison Obscura Opens at Parsons

February 5 – April 17, 2015
Curator’s talk: Thursday, February 5, 5:45 p.m., followed by an opening reception 6:30–8:30 p.m.

Curated by Prison Photography editor Pete Brook, Prison Obscura explores an area of society that, in spite of its explosive growth, continues to exist in the shadows: the country’s prisons and jails. Presenting rarely seen vernacular, surveillance, evidentiary, and prisoner-made photographs, the exhibition sheds light on the prison industrial complex and those it confines.

Prison Obscura Opens at Scripps College

‘Prison Obscura’ Exhibition at Scripps College, Claremont, California, Sept. 2nd – Oct. 17th. Curated by Pete Brook, this exhibit now travels out west, and “sheds light on their (prisoners) experiences and the prison-industrial complex as a whole by showcasing rarely seen surveillance, evidentiary, and prisoner-made photographs.”

Gallery Project Presents “Unseen”

I’m pleased to have work from two series, Captured Youth and Rainier School, along with works from my incarcerated students included in this major exhibition. Unseen opens in Detroit, August 1st, 2014… Read the Michigan Live review.    The following rarely seen images were created by incarcerated teens in the Green …

Prison Obscura Opens January 24th

I’m pleased to have examples of photography from my young incarcerated workshop participants in this promising group exhibition, curated by Pete Brook. http://exhibits.haverford.edu/prisonobscura/

2014 Artist Trust Benefit Auction

Artist Trust 2014 Benefit Art Auction I’m pleased to be a contributor to the 2014 Artist Trust Benefit Auction, February 22nd.  This image, from the abandoned Olympia Brewery, is from an edition of four.

Seen But Not Heard: Photos from US Juvenile Prisons

December 6th – 22nd  at the Kulturni Centar Beograda (KCB) in Belgrade, Serbia.  This exhibition  features AS220, Steve Liss, Joseph Rodriguez, Ara Oshagan, Richard Ross, myself and the works of many of my incarcerated students from prison workshops I conducted.  Curated by my buddy Pete Brook of prisonphotography.org, it’s worth checking out, …

Steve making on the spot portraits at Experience Music Project

Come join me November 15th for the opening celebration of EMP’s Martin Schoeller: Close Up, and I will make your portrait!    Celebrate the opening of EMP’s Martin Schoeller: Close Up with images of the world’s most identifiable faces and a slew of portrait-themed activities. Martin Schoeller’s large-scale photographic headshots put some of the …

Invisible Solitudes Shows at European Photo Festival

Selections from the Rainier School series are included in Invisible Solitudes, showing as part of this year’s Festival Fotographico Europeo.  Invisible Solitudes was curated by Caterina Clerici in collaboration with SocialDocumentary.net (SDN), and includes works by Diego Ibarra Sanchez, Jenn Ackerman, Steve Davis, Enrico Fabian, Catherine Karnow, and Magadalena Sole.