News 06.23.17

“The Innocents” Photo Exhibit Opens in East Hampton

By Innocence Staff

From "The Innocents" Photo Exhibit by Taryn Simon.

The Innocents, an exhibit by photographer Taryn Simon, opened on Saturday at Guild Hall Arts Center in East Hampton, New York. The photo series features portraits of wrongfully convicted people at the scene of the crimes for which they were wrongfully convicted, the scene of their alibi or where an eyewitness incorrectly placed them.

“This entire exhibit is about misleading visual evidence,” Andrea Grover, executive director of Guild Hall, told the Art Newspaper earlier this month. “This series really encourages one to look at photography in a much deeper way—not to look at it as factual, as some absolute truth.”

Guild Hall will host a panel discussion Sunday at 3pm featuring Simon, Innocence Project co-founders Peter Neufeld and Barry Scheck, policy director Rebecca Brown, and exoneree Calvin Johnson, who was photographed by Simon for the series. They will discuss the photo series, the first 25 years of the Innocence Project’s work and their hopes for the future of the criminal justice system.

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Read the East Hampton Star coverage here.

Related: Looking back at Taryn Simon’s Guggenheim Award-Winning Series: The Innocents

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