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The Innocents (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 5. Januar 2003

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The Innocents is a book of portraits of former inmates accompanying a traveling exhibit by the same name mounted by the Innocence Project, a 10-year-old civil rights program founded by rock-star attorneys Peter Neufeld and Barry Scheck to free the wrongly convicted via DNA testing. Neufeld and Scheck provide the book's foreward and brief commentary on each case. The subjects are all ex-cons who were exonerated through DNA testing and then released after serving time. Some had been sentenced to life, some to death. Taryn Simon's photographs put prisoners in the spotlight--only this time they regain their dignity and become art in the process. Of the 80-plus portraits in the book, most were taken at the scenes of the crimes. Some pose with the victims. Ronald Cotton, for example, served more than 10 years of a life sentence for rape. He is photographed with a victim, both of them staring at the camera with fortitude and bitterness. Nearly every picture is similar, the subject staring directly into the lens, always surrounded by the same eerie, diffused light like the kind when tornadoes loom. The subjects are interviewed by Simon as well; their commentary is also distressing and poignant. Neil Miller says he had a better life in prison. Richard Danziger was freed but rendered brain damaged by a jailhouse attacker. Walter Snyder went to prison instead of the Olympics. Most of these subjects were convicted on the basis of witness misidentification. Simon's photos are also like mug shots, depicting their subjects with emotionless expressions and using lighting that flattens out the surroundings. But here they set the record straight as Simon’s art helps re-humanize them. --Eric Reyes


These are the faces and voices of the wrongfully convicted: fifty men and women who were imprisoned for years before proving their innocence with the help of The Innocence Project, which strives to transform criminal justice into a more equitable and reliable system. The personal testimonies of these victims of mistaken identity lay bare the paradox of innocence and imprisonment, the inability to recover the years stolen from them, and the state's unconscionable refusal to compensate them or ease their traumatic transition to civilian life.

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HASH(0xa0af8060) von 5 Sternen A Human Face on the flaws of our system 14. Dezember 2003
Von M. Desoer - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
"The Innocents" is a jarring photo documentation of the issues raised by the scores of false convictions which have been overturned, primarily as a result of DNA evidence. As with Barry Scheck's book, "Actual Innocence", one of the most disturbing conclusions is that there are many more falsely-convicted individuals who never will be cleared because their alleged crimes did not leave DNA evidence behind.
The pictures in this book put a human face to the exonerated. The simple, direct accompanying text and quotes from the former prisoners tell the story over and over. I highly recommend this book in conjunction with Actual Innocence which discusses the causes of false convictions and attempts to articulate solutions to this ongoing problem with our legal system (even though it is one of the best legal systems in the world).
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HASH(0xa0af89e4) von 5 Sternen Beautiful photographs of those falsely accused 19. August 2004
Von John Kwok - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
There are emerging artists whose work tends to emphasize style over substance, of which there are many (Notable examples include Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY artist Anissa Mack, perhaps best known for her performance piece "Pies for a Passerby" and most, though not all, of the emerging artists represented in the recent Brooklyn Museum exhibition "Open House: Working in Brooklyn".). And then there are those who can produce stylishly beautiful work, and make profound statements about culture, society, etc. through their art. Fellow Brunonian Taryn Simon - she studied photography primarily at the Rhode Island School of Design, widely regarded as America's premier art school, while still an undergraduate at Brown - is unquestionably one of these, with a distinctive documentary style which harkens back to Walker Evans's sympathetic black and white photographic portrayals of people in Depression-era America. However, here Simon has worked deliberately in color, using the conventions of commercial fashion photography to create memorable images. Hers is a splendid, mature body of work, replete with much empathy for her subjects; former convicts who were falsely accused and convicted. Each photograph is accompanied with commentary from the two attorneys in charge of the Innocence Project, Barry Scheck and Peter Neufeld. Through their Innocence Project, attorneys Scheck and Neufeld have freed scores of people who were wrongly convicted. Simon received a Guggenheim Fellowship in Photography for this project; an award normally given to artists who are in mid-career or further along, not to an emerging artist. Simon's work has been exhibited at New York City's International Center of Photography and P. S. 1 Contemporary Art Center; an international tour of these photographs had its first stop at P. S. 1. As both a fellow alumnus of her college and a fellow photographer, I eagerly look forward to yet another impressive body of work from Ms. Simon.
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HASH(0xa0af8bac) von 5 Sternen Subject of national debate 31. Oktober 2003
Von Andrea Dunlap - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
The failings of the criminal justice system and the use of the death penalty in this country are currently under close scrutiny and an important topic of public debate. The images and voices of The Innocents give faces and stories to the statistics and serve as a compelling documentation of a nationwide problem. Royalties for this book benefit the Innocence Project, New York, which has led the way in post-DNA exonerations in America.
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HASH(0x9f57eef4) von 5 Sternen mandatory reading for anyone in the judicial system 4. März 2004
Von Logical Libertine - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
This book is phenomenal. Not only in its ironic ability to tell these tales, but for also revealing the clear errors that the judicial system cranks out. Anyone interested in those who are falsely convicted should check out [...]
HASH(0x9f631168) von 5 Sternen Every human being on the cover of this book spent ... 25. Mai 2015
Von Mec - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
Every human being on the cover of this book spent years in prison for a crime they did not commit.

Inside, each pair of pages shows one of the wrongfully convicted in a full-page color photograph: sometimes at the scene of the crime; sometimes at the place they were living when arrested; sometimes in one of the courtrooms they were in. The accompanying text details the crime, the details of their legal history, and paragraphs of their own words -- how it feels to be arrested and wrongfully convicted, how it feels to serve time in prison, how it feels to be free again, how it feels to live with permanent physical, mental, and social damage from years in prison.

No one in this book was freed on a legal technicality. One by one, each of them was freed based on positive evidence (mostly modern DNA testing) that ruled out their participation in the crime.

A few of the photographs show the original victims along with the people wrongfully convicted of crimes against them. Their stories are hard, too -- they really did suffer their crimes, and then they had to accept that the person convicted was the wrong person. I admire their courage for standing up for justice.
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