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USA, Prison Valley
2010

Prison Valley is a story on the industry of punishment, on the Colorado valley « Out of sight, out of mind », which centralises in a few square miles all of America’s contradictions.
From one prison to another, one discovers a real “under-world”. Jails, private sector, benefit, solitude, direct labour, inmates, poverty, crime, always and forever…
Prison Valley is a photographic road-movie in a western city, where people are caught in their everyday routine, in their work, in boredom or pleasure, just like a vivid painting would do in a very still city. The families, the inmates, the staff of the prison, the sheriff … They all reveal, with reserve, the keys to this world which is theirs. A foreshadowing of the evolution of our own Prison Society.

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