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Ten Photography Books You Cannot Read In Texas Prisons

By December 22, 2017ASMP History, Current News
Photo of Allie Mae Burroughs, Wife of a Cotton Sharecropper © Walker Evans 1936

Image © Walker Evans

Find out why photography books by ASMP Legends Edward Weston, Walker Evans and W. Eugene Smith are among those banned in Texas prisons.

Cross-posted from Light Stalking
[by Jason Row]

So, you have a bit of time on your hands. Six to ten years maybe, all spent in the welcoming bosom of the Texas penal system. As a photographer, you will probably not get much chance to do some shooting. Landscapes and street photography are definitely out. You might be able to do a little bit of macro in your cell but the chances are that any camera will be considered contraband. So if a photographer cannot shoot, what does he or she do?

Read is one good option. Imagine the amount of photographic knowledge you could garner whiling the hours away in your cell. Well not in Texas it would seem. Texas, like many states, has a banned book list totaling about 10,000. What’s surprising is that whilst books by Adolf Hitler and the Klu Klux Klan leader do not make the list, a surprising number of photography books do. Let’s have a look at some of those high subversive books.

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