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Carl de Keyzer, Zona: Siberian Prison Camps

Carl De Keyzer took this journey to photograph the prisons today in Siberia. With two army colonels as his shadows, one to the left and one to the right, he photographed what he was allowed to see, and no more. But in place of dark concealment, he has instead revealed a kind of winter wonderland, a Disneyland where all normal credibility is suspended. In "Zona", De Keyzer has elaborated on the brocaded fantasy of the Siberian prisons by using brilliant color, as if from a hallucinatory dream. Look at the faces, and then the eyes, of the prisoners. There is a calm despair there, and it tells a disturbing story.

Hardcover
160 pages
90 color plates
Trolley, 2008

$35