If you’ve ever wondered about the power of art to change minds and hearts, join us on The Bridge on Friday July 27 as Lou Jones, renowned Boston photographer, discusses his photo essay Final Exposure: Portraits from Death Row. For six years, Lou navigated the multiple complexities of the prison system to photograph death row inmates without barriers, without restraints, each in his or her own special environment. With his camera, Lou got closer to these individuals than their lawyers, and even their families. These intimate portraits capture each inmate’s distinct humanity, exposing the death penalty, in ways that words cannot, as a cruel and inhumane punishment. Final Exposure has changed viewers’ understanding of the death penalty, compelling many to believe, as Lou says, “murder, to address murder, is not a solution.”
Listen as Lou Jones describes the political agenda of the death penalty, the unfairness of the criminal (in)justice system regarding the death penalty, and ultimately how his photo essay Final Exposure: Portraits from Death Row, leads viewers to revise their thoughts and feelings about the death penalty.
View these photographs for yourself by clicking on “Final Exposure” at www.fotojones.com.