Black is the Day, Black is the Night.
Photographs by Amy Elkins. Design by Amy Elkins and Ania Nalecka. Text by Gregory J Harris and C.F.
Self-published, New York, USA, 2016. Unpaged, 80 color and black-and-white illustrations, 6½x8¾".
 
Selected as one of the Best Books of 2016 by:
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'Elkins ponders the psychological impact incarceration has on inmates, using blurry and pixelated photos to imagine how life on the inside shapes and distorts an inmates’ perception of reality and awareness.' — WIRED Magazine

'Photographer Amy Elkins offers an unflinching contemplation of capital punishment and identity in a culture of mass incarceration.' — Mass Appeal

'Mining their memories and experiences, Elkins created composite photographs, sketches and readymades that reflect the change in identity and muddling of time that has eroded her subjects’ lives. The project as a whole paints a dark and puzzling portrait of life on death row.' — Huffington Post

'The most haunting and eloquent images of this series are imaginary landscapes... Elkins speculates that years of incarceration would have muddled inmates’ recollections. These blurry, fictive vistas seem to shimmer like eerie mirages. Each landscape’s nebulousness symbolizes the illusory nature of memories and their mutations over time.' — Artillery Magazine


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