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Stephen Tourlentes' Photos Capture American Prisons at Night-time

 - May 16, 2014
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Massachusetts-based photographer Stephen Tourlentes' photo series 'Of Length and Measures' is a unique series that depicts American prisons at night-time. Tourlentes became intrigued by prison complexes after stumbling upon a newly-built prison on the outskirts of his hometown in Illinois. Tourlentes was fascinated by how the prison landscape concealed "an unseen human cargo" hidden to regular folk.

The scene inspired Stephen Tourlentes to travel across the country, photographing prisons at night and discovering some disturbing statistic along the way. For example, the number of prisons in the US has quadrupled since the 1980s and the US holds 24% of the world's prison population despite having less than 5% of the world's population.

Tourlentes' photos focus on prisons far removed from cities, so as to bring them back into the public consciousness and and explore the reasons behind the drastic increase in the number of prisons to figure out if they are a product of necessity or paranoia.