Photographer’s pictures end up in jail
June 4, 2009
The walls of a West Yorkshire prison are being turned into a photography gallery in a move that will allow inmates to ‘connect’ with the outside world.
From next month Leeds Prison will play host to an exhibition of 24, metre-high, images captured by local photographer Casey Orr who is based in the Armley area.
‘The prison is a central landmark in this area but it’s almost as if the building is invisible or impenetrable,’ said Casey, adding that the images, printed on canvas, will also be displayed on the outside walls.
‘Some of my photographs are of prisoners and their families. By displaying them on the walls I hope to make a connection between what’s happening on the inside and outside of the building,’ the photographer added.
Commenting on the project Mark Hudson, deputy head of Operations and Security said: ‘We view the residents and staff at Leeds Prison as being very much part of the community of West Leeds, albeit a small part of the community, and all taking place in closed conditions behind the physical barrier of a prison wall.
‘This is an opportunity for us to celebrate – with prisoners, staff and visitors – the uniqueness of Casey’s work.’
The Comings and Goings exhibition will go on show from 2 July-31 August as part of the ‘I Love West Leeds’ Festival.
Built in 1847 Leeds prison was a place of execution until the 1960s. It now has 551 cells and has recently undergone refurbishment.
Picture credit: Casey Orr