Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Mauricio Sapata and The Carandiru Prison

If Something needs to be noted about Mauricio Sapata, (a Brazilian native residing in London ) is his incredible extensive photography  portfolio,compiled with the use of an impresive camera collection; and it occurs to me that he has dominated them all.

Out of all of his images, a body of work that caught my attention immediately is the Carandiru Prison Project, the pictures reflect the chaos, the terror and the imminent danger of being there as an inmate.

An excerpt from his website:
"In November of 2002 I had the opportunity to visit what once was the largest prison in South America. The Carandiru Prison was located in Sao Paulo, Brazil and it was build to held 500 inmates when it opened in the 50's, but had about  7,000  until its final days.

It was the site of the Carandiru massacre in October of 1992, where at least 111 prisoner were killed by police after a riot broke out in the 9th Pavilion, although witnesses claim that around 300 were killed that day".

All Images Copyrighted to Mauricio Sapata.

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