Edmund Clark : Still Life Killing Time

2 Feb 2008 – 22 Mar 2008

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom


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  • The Hard Interchange is is five minutes walk through Gunwharf Quays
  • Portsmouth Harbour Station is five minutes walk through Gunwharf Quays
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For two years Edmund Clark photographed inside a unique prison community, E Wing at Kingston Prison, Portsmouth. For eight years this was Britain's only wing dedicated to holding elderly life prisoners: murderers; rapists; paedophiles and other violent criminals aged from their late 50s to over 80 years old. These powerful and poignant images fuse large format documentary photography with still life symbolism to explore the world of the ageing 'lifer'.

Still Life Killing Time is not simply a reportage about a particular prison. Clark explores the experience of long term incarceration and the passage of time, and touches on how ageing and physical decline affect the prison environment. The claustrophobia of these close up, deliberate and regular compositions reflects both the nature of the place and the experience of working in E Wing.

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