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The Innocents

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Leading civil rights attorneys Peter Neufeld and Barry Scheck of The Innocence Project commissioned photographer Taryn Simon to travel across the United States photographing and interviewing individuals who were convicted of heinous crimes of which they were innocent. Simon photographed these innocents at sites of particular significance to their illegitimate conviction: t ...more
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Umbrage Editions (first published June 2003)
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David Schaafsma
As you may know, dna testing has helped thousands of wrongfully convicted men and women get released from jail, some of them serving many years toward life sentences. This book by Taryn Simon reveals what photography can do in the service of social justice. The cover depicts all the men she interviewed, The Innocents, and within, each person is photographed again, and powerfully, in the place of wrongful identification, or in the place of a clear alibi, sometimes with their accusers. The photogr ...more
Nov 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing. Its a really great coffee table book that always starts an intense conversation, often I've had friends pick it up then spend the whole night reading it.
Jul 23, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone
I read this book after I read The Innocent Man. It was different than I was expecting, but still, really interesting and worth reading. Joy is borrowing it now, along with Dreams of Ada.
Oct 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Not my favourite series of Taryn Simon photographs, but a very interesting subject matter. I would have loved to have read more about the innocents’ experiences. The quotes mainly fit into the same 4 or 5 categories - the saddest being:
1) people being hyper-aware of what they are doing at all times, keeping mental or physical notes of their activities, being afraid to be near children, wanting to volunteer to be monitored, etc. stemming from a fear of being wrongfully accused again.
2) these wron
Oct 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
Unbelievable. Yet, one must.

These tales of the wrongfully convicted are made that much more poignant by the powerful photographs that accompany each narrative, many of which revisit the scene of the original crime or arrest.

In researching eyewitness identification case law, The Innocents is an invaluable supplement to help accurately convey the levity of wrongful convictions, the fragility of human life and the great responsibility of the criminal justice system.

Powerful to say the least.
Kate Kaluzny
Jan 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book blew my mind with its portrayal of men and woman wrongfully convicted and sent to death row. Their stories are both touching and infuriating, a very timely and prescient reminder that the failings of the criminal justice system are ours as well. I love how the author chose to shoot her subjects at the supposed crime scene or at their alibi location, to really illustrate how suddenly one's life can be changed by one single place at one single moment.
Alan Halsall
Nov 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
probably one of my favourite, saddest, infuriating and most impactful books I have ever read.

It is merely a coffee table photo book however the subjects (ex prisoners who were eventually released after being proven innocent) and the locations of their photo, e.g. place where they where when the actual crime took place, is truly moving.
Jan 13, 2008 rated it really liked it
Another great book of photos by Taryn Simon. The subjects have all been convicted of crimes and subsequently, often years later, cleared. Many are photographed at the site of their alleged crime. It is really chilling stuff. See her other book Hidden and Unfamiliar, for sure.
Aug 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Haunting stories and photographs of men convicted of heinous crimes who were subsequently released when DNA testing was able to prove their innocence.
Apr 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Distressing. So very distressing.
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