Photographs and Interviews by Taryn Simon
Commentary by Peter Neufeld and Barry Scheck
Taryn Simon was born in 1975 in New York. She is a graduate of Brown University. In 2001, she was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in Photography. Simonís photographs have exhibited internationally, and been featured in several publications including, The New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair and The New Yorker. Her work is currently on exhibition at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, A MoMa affiliate, New York and the International Center of Photography, New York. In September, The Innocents will travel to Kunstewerke, Berlin. Taryn Simon is handled by the Gagosian Gallery
PETER NEUFELD & BARRY C. SCHECK
Peter Neufeld and Barry C. Scheck, co-founded and direct the Innocence Project at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City. The Project provides pro bono representation to inmates throughout the country who claim that DNA testing could prove their innocence. The Project also studies the institutional causes of wrongful convictions and provides remedies to reduce the frequency of future miscarriages of justice. In February 2000, Actual Innocence: Five Days to Execution, and Other Dispatches From the Wrongly Convicted, written by Neufeld, Scheck, and Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter Jim Dwyer, was published by Doubleday. Their work has shaped the course of case law across the country and helped establish state and federal legislation setting standards for forensic DNA testing. They both serve as members of the New York State Commission on Forensic Science, a body that regulates all crime laboratories in the state.
Neufeld and Scheck are partners in the law firm Cochran, Neufeld & Scheck, specializing in civil rights and constitutional litigation. Frequently retained by victims of police brutality and racial discrimination, the firm pursues civil rights claims in the courts and seeks systemic change. Some of the firm`s most recent clients include Abner Louima, a Haitian immigrant tortured by New York police inside a precinct bathroom, two of the four young men racially profiled by and shot at by New Jersey state troopers, and a man beaten to death by jail guards while serving a 90 day sentence for driving while impaired.
Neufeld and Scheck have litigated and taught extensively in both the "hard" and behavioral forensic sciences. Much of their work is of public interest, resulting in an enhanced public awareness of national problems, improving the criminal justice system, and legislative reform.