'Building Absence': Stephen Tourlentes' prison landscapes
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'Building Absence': Stephen Tourlentes' prison landscapes

Stephen Tourlentes started photographing prisons after a facility was built in his home town, in Illinois, USA. In a series of images entitled 'Building Absence', Tourlentes captures prisons at night, in the distance, their lights illuminating the landscapes in which they exist. An estimated 0.7% of the population of the USA is incarcerated inside more than 4,500 prisons and almost 3% of the population is in some form of correctional supervision. 

By his own estimation Tourlentes has photographed more than 100 prisons in 46 states, often from dead-end public roads and from within the communities that border these huge facilities.

Albion, NY State Woman's Prison, 2008

Photograph by Stephen Tourlentes