The resulting images capture not only the impressive physical setting, but also the routines and relationships that were formed in the KP. James’ photographs serve both as document and an art exhibition, a hallmark of his oeuvre.

Based in Toronto, James has devoted the past 30 years to photographing the man-made landscape, typically using large-format and panoramic film cameras to record the often-devastating impact of human activity. From the aristocratic idyll of European gardens and the democratic landscapes of Frederick Law Olmsted, to the devastated asbestos-mining landscape of Quebec and the ’no man’s land’ along the US-Mexican border, his images have made him one of the most important photographers of our time. James is a Fellow of the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Chicago, and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, New York. He is also the recipient of the Victor Lynch Staunton Prize of the Canada Council, the Roloff Beny Foundation Photography Book Award, and has received the Gershon Iskowitz Foundation Prize. James is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy, and in 2012 he received the Governor-General’s Award in the Visual and Media Arts.

The photographs Inside Kingston Penitentiary are at once compelling and beautiful. For those who cannot make it to the exhibition, the images can be found in the book by the same title published by London based Black Dog Publishing Ltd.

GEOFFREY JAMES: INSIDE KINGSTON PENITENTIARY
30 August–7 December 2014

Agnes Etherington Art Centre
36 University Avenue
Kingston, ON
613.533.2190
www.aeac.ca/(lien externe)
Agnes Etherington Art Centre

 
INSIDE KINGSTON PENITENTIARY
(1835–2013)
GEOFFREY JAMES
September 2014
Hardback
192 pages
160 colour and b/w ills
24.5 x 24.5 cm / 9.5 x 9.5 in
ISBN 978-1-908966-76-6
$34.95

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Door inside an administrative segregation yard
©Geoffrey James, Inside Kingston Penitentiary

 
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Inner entrance to the compound
©Geoffrey James, Inside Kingston Penitentiary

 
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Medication management course, lower B
©Geoffrey James, Inside Kingston Penitentiary

 
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Mural by Inuk inmate
©Geoffrey James, Inside Kingston Penitentiary

 
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Tower 4
©Geoffrey James, Inside Kingston Penitentiary

 
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The Dome from above, 2013
Archival ink jet print
©Geoffrey James