The Innocents by Peter Neufeld

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Leading civil rights attorneys Peter Neufeld and Barry Scheck of The Innocence Project commissioned photographer Taryn Simon to travel across the United States photographing and interviewing individuals who were convicted of heinous crimes of which they were innocent. Simon photographed these innocents at sites of particular significance to their illegitimate conviction: the scene of the crime, misidentification, arrest, or alibi. Simon’s portraits are accompanied by a commentary by Neufeld and Scheck.

 

About Peter Neufeld

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Taryn Simon was born in New York in 1975. She is a graduate of Brown University and a Guggenheim Fellow. Her highly acclaimed and influential work, "The Innocents", documents cases of wrongful conviction in the United States and investigates photography's role in that process. Simon's photographs have been exhibited nationally and internationally, including: High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York; Haus Der Kunst, Munich; Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati; and Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin. Permanent collections include: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; High Museum of Art, Atlanta; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Her photography and writing have been featured in numerous publications and broadcasts including "The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker", CNN, BBC, Frontline, and NPR. She works with Gagosian Gallery. Neufeld co-founded & co-directs the Innocence Project, which seek postconviction release through DNA testing. He is a prominent civil rights attorney in private practice in New York City. Scheck co-founded and co-directs the Innocence Project, which seek postconviction release through DNA testing. He is a prominent civil rights attorney in private practice in New York City.
 
Published June 1, 2003 by Umbrage Editions. 136 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Arts & Photography, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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A Guggenheim fellow who is not yet 30, Simon photographed 39 men and one woman whose convictions have been reversed or overturned, often taking the photos at the scenes of the crimes that they did not commit.

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