Degrees Of Visibility

Building upon the fifteen years of Hunt’s “Correction Documentary Project,” “Degrees of Visibility” is a large body of landscape studies that looks upon the spaces that surround prisons and jails throughout the 50 U.S. states and its territories, each shot from a publicly accessible point of view to record how those spaces show and conceal the scales of mass incarceration. Questioning the limits of what a photograph can, by itself, describe, each image is titled by the number of people who are imprisoned within the landscape but are concealed from the camera’s lens, sometimes accompanied by a document or object that offers an additional description of the space. The images focus less upon what each prison looks like and more upon how they are made visible to or concealed from the public, sitting among different forms of land use, economic and political geographies, and the histories of control and rebellion they conceal. One thesis of the project is that the concealment of the prison’s realities is a visual technique that belongs to the era of mass incarceration, indeed, helping to make mass incarceration possible. In total, the project presents over 240 landscapes from throughout the 50 U.S. states and its territories. In addition to both a large-scale and locally-situated exhibitions, final forms of the project will become a forthcoming book of the project’s pieces, with anecdotal and critical essays.