Poorly made tattoos, body scars, heroin, solitude and sadness. These are late 1970's images from the series 'In Prison'. Doing some research I found out that the very first time the photographer shot inside a correctional facility was by mere coincidence. He was driving back home to New York from a failed personal assignment when he saw this random prison along the road and decided to just ask if he could photograph it. To his surprise, and against all odds, he was granted permission and came up with an amazing body of work. It's interesting to note he had previously seen Danny Lyon's classic prison photographs but other than that he knew nothing about life behind bars. He took the images without any kind of preconceived idea or plan for them and end up capturing pretty well the essence of individuals surviving in an extremely tough environment.