After being hired to shoot images of San Quentin Chaplain, Father Barber, I realized I had a unique opportunity. To be allowed inside the walls of San Quentin Prison. OK, I guess a lot of men get INSIDE the walls. The unique part is being able to walk right out easily.
Even though I was handed a list of restrictions, from what to wear to what I could or could not converse about, I had to take the chance and push the boundaries that were set before me. While the correctional officers were preoccupied, I had an assistant set up lighting in a hallway off of the entrance to “Condemned Row”. After building trust with a handful of inmates, I hurriedly rushed them over to that set for some quick portraits. I sent them each a print of themselves as a Christmas present.
The stories that came out of that one day will be forever etched into my mind.