Amy Elkins shortlisted for 2014 Aperture Portfolio Prize!
You may know photographer Amy Elkins’ work from Daylight’s recent edition, Black is the Day, Black is the Night, featuring a collection of ephemera from her correspondence with inmates on death row.
HuffPo calls the photography “a portrait series with a haunting twist.”
Here are some of the phrases:
I will wait for you. I hope you find it in your heart to forgive me. I’m going to a beautiful place. I am innocent, innocent, innocent.
Elkins’ photographs provide an alternative window into the world of the incarcerated and the world of the free is starting to take notice.
Work from both projects have been shortlisted for the prestigious 2014 Aperture Portfolio Prize! Elkins was one of only five photographers selected from an application pool of 700 to go on to the final round. The winner will be announced in March.
In addition to the award nomination, a large selection of work from Black is the Day, Black is the Night will be on view in the group exhibition Cast at the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center from March 13 - May 17 alongside Dru Donovan, Tarrah Krajnak, Laurel Nakadate and Pinar Yolacan.
Several works from Black is the Day, Black is the Night will be on view in the group exhibition Up Close & Personal at Fuchs Projects in Brooklyn from April 4 - May 11 alongside Dawoud Bey, Michal Chelbin, Mona Kuhn, Alex Prager, Hank Willis Thomas among many others.
In addition to the recent Huffington Post feature, Parting Words has recently been featured on Prison Photography and many other news sites and blogs both nationally and internationally.
Elkins’ shared with us her sentiment regarding the publicity each project has been receiving, saying, “All very lovely exposure for two projects that I have been working on since 2009. Both of which I feel are so important to share with the world, as they touch on the very underrepresented topics of solitary confinement and capital punishment.”
Congratulations, Amy! We wish you luck in the Aperture contest and cannot wait to see more.
To read Black is the Day, Black is the Night in its entirety, please visit Daylight online.