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, 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 …
I am pleased to discover that the University of Washington’s Henry Art Gallery has acquired Robert, Oakridge 2005 for their permanent collection!
For my Chicago friends, I hope you can visit the The David Weinberg Gallery, featuring Tirtza Even, Steve Liss, Richard Ross and myself.
February 13th – May 9th, 2015 (opening reception Feb. 13, 6-8pm. I’ll be there!)
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’ 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.”
The French Magazine, Snatch features an interview and selections from Captured Youth.
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 …
The online Spanish publication, Dodho presents some of my work from Washington’s Rainier School.
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/
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.
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, …
My friend Carlos Sanchez made a little multimedia thing about me and my work. Enjoy!
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 …
Saturday, October 12, 1:30 pm In conjunction with Sitting for History: Exploring Self-Identity through Portraiture, I’ll be speaking about my portrait work over the years. I hope you can join me. tickets
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.
Steve’s photograph is included in Atmospheric Weather: Two Exhibitions of Artwork from the Seattle Public Utilities’ Collection– August 15th through September 30th.
Steve is showing in the Tacoma Art Museum’s Sitting for History: Exploring Self-Identity Through Portraiture. July 27, 2013 to January 12, 2014