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MIKE MANDEL
CHANTAL ZAKARI
2018
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FEATURED ON

PHOTO-EYE'S 2023

FAVORITE PHOTOBOOK

LIST BY COLIN PANTALL

FAVORITE BOOK

OF 2023

BY SARA BENNETT,

LENSCRATCH 

STAFF FAVORITE THINGS

PICTURES
FROM THE
OUTSIDE

2023
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hardcover 5.8" x 8.25"

open-spine binding
136 pages

with two double gatefolds

offset press

2023
edition of 500 

$45
Eighteen Publication 

INTRODUCTION

I asked thirteen incarcerated men if they would like to have a photograph of a place from the outside. I asked for specific instructions on how to make the pictures. My collaborators drew diagrams, maps and wrote descriptions based on their memories of the place. I then traveled to each location and made the photographs. The requests were of childhood homes, high schools, places of happiness and sadness, courthouses and places where their lives were irreversibly altered. Upon my return, the participants responded with a piece of writing that vary from childhood memory to epic fantasy.

 

At its core, this collection explores how an architectural space is remembered after years of incarceration. But the work evolved to an exploration of urban spaces, a reflection on changes due to gentrification, and in general, the psychological effect that architecture has on shaping our lives. The combination of images and the accompanying texts is a collection of stories about seeking redemption.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Generously supported by a faculty research fund from Tufts University. All proceeds from the sales of the book will support the Tufts Prison Initiative TUPIT.
 

Sample Pages
SAMPLE PAGES
Reviews & Interviews
REVIEWS & INTERVIEWS

ARTISTS' BOOK REVIEW

Pictures from the Outside: Interview with Chantal Zakari
Levi Sherman, March
 2024

PHOTO-EYE BLOG

Pictures from the Outside
Meggan Gould, February
 19, 2024

FALMOUTH UNIVERSITY-PHOTO BLOG

Pictures from the Outside: Inmate-captured Boston photography,
Colin Pantall, N
ovember 27, 2023

BOSTON ART REVIEW

Images Reclaimed: Chantal Zakari's New Book Sends Messages to Those Inside, Claire Ogden, November 14, 2023 

COLLECTOR DAILY

Chantal Zakari, Pictures from the Outside, Blake Andrews, October 18, 2023 

LENSCRATCH

Photographers on Photographers: Sara Bennett in conversation with Chantal ZakariAugust 23, 2023 

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