From Gripping Gang Photos to Prison Family Portraits

By: Katherine Pendrill - Sep 15, 2015
Prison-inspired photography covers everything from gripping gang photos to prison family portraits. These intimate photos show viewers what prisons look like behind closed doors and follow the lives of those who live inside.

Although many people have an image of what the average prisoner looks like, these stereotypes do not always reflect reality. To combat unconscious prejudices, many photographers have showcased prisoners from all different walks of life. Some of these intimate photos include gripping gang photography, prison family portraits and thought-provoking prisoner images.

Beyond showcasing the diversity of prisoners themselves, many photographers have sought to capture the reality of prison life. These photographers showcase prisons in a new light in order to give viewers a glimpse of what life is really like behind bars. These jailhouse photos include everything from ominous guard houses to abandoned asylums.