Building upon the fifteen years of Hunt’s “Correction Documentary Project,” “Degrees of Visibility” is a large body of landscape studies that look upon the spaces that surround prisons, jails and detention centers throughout all 50 U.S. states and territories. Each is 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.
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