Valerio Bispuri photographed prisoners, cells, but his camera was on something else. This was the lack of freedom that often precedes the life of whoever ends up in prison. The lack of freedom, and thus of choice, is what has convicted the thousands of prisoners that Bispuri has caught with his camera. The prisons he entered in Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and Venezuela are among the most dangerous on the Latin American continent. ”
A world of anarchy and chaos – correctional facilities in South America are considered among the toughest in the world. The inmates themselves are often in control of daily life within the walls of the miserably overcrowded prisons. Valerio Bispuri visited over 70 of them, resulting in haunting black-and-white images that offer a glimpse at life behind bars – images as full of contrasts as life itself.
You can see a comprehensive series of Valerio Bispuri’s images in issue No. 2 of the M Magazine, which is available today, Friday, May 15.