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Sunday, August 15, 2010

New Series - Prison Chess

This new series is the first serious documentary project I dared doing.
All pictures were taken in 2008 and 2009 while accompanying Princeton University students to chess events in a maximum security prison in Trenton, New Jersey. What I tried to document was not the events. I focused on portraying the prisoners and their thoughts about the game. I hope you find it interesting.


5 comments:

fotografzahl said...

What an impressive series - both, photos and text!
Congratulations!

Anonymous said...

Nice set. I'm left wanting to know more about these players, wishing I could see the entire chessboard. Seeing their entire positions would give a bit more insight into their lives, more clues as to who they really are.

Oliver said...

Thank you, guys.
A view on their chessboards is a nice idea. Didn't think about that.

Helene said...

Great project and beautiful series : light, portraits, context, texts... Well done!

John Maffei said...

Oliver, I love this series! Really amazing insight! The portraits are stunning and the question responses are such a nice addition.

Really great!

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