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Charlestown, Mass., 1954

PC044.TMP.033 (RS81112)

Description

Confronted with the problem of how to cover riots in the Charlestown Prison, which were taking place out of sight behind the walls, Reed spent time shooting the environs. Unable to tell the prisoners' story, he created a composition that celebrates the urban landscape while depicting the distance between him and his subject--the distant prison.

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Details

Collection Name
Verner Reed photographic collection, 1950-1972
Collection Code
PC044
Dates
1954
Physical Description
1 photograph
Collection Type
Photographs
Description Level
Item
GUSN
194077
Reference Code
PC044.TMP.033

Record details

Originator
Reed, Verner, 1923-2006 (Photographer)
Descriptive Terms
prisons (buildings)
urban landscapes
Material Type
black-and-white prints (photographs)
photographs
Places
Charlestown (Boston, Suffolk county, Massachusetts) [neighborhood]
Places (Buildings)
Charlestown Prison
Notes
Included in the exhibition, A Changing World: New England in the Photographs of Verner Reed, 1950-1972.

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