TOO MUCH TIME: WOMEN IN PRISON

by Jane Evelyn Atwood

For ten years, through nine countries around the world, award-winning photojournalist Jane Evelyn Atwood has asked hard questions of hard women, photographing and tape-recording intimate encounters with prisoners incarcerated for a litany of offenses, from theft and drugs to murder and infanticide.

In this groundbreaking study of over 140 riveting photographs and raw interviews, Atwood tells the story of the changing population of women prisoners. Since 1980 (in the US alone), their numbers have increased tenfold far beyond the rate of men, marking a major social upheaval and highlighting problems of a new order. Atwood gives her subjects the rare opportunity to speak for themselves about the consequences of their lives, their transgressions, and changing societys attitudes towards incarceration. She interviews inmates, as well as wardens, allowing us to see the faces and voices of those often reduced to statistics.

Among the difficult topics Atwood addresses: Are women and men punished equally for crimes? Why is the prison population overwhelmingly poor, often mentally handicapped? How will society pay for these policies a generation laterand who is really being punished?Too Much Time tells us much about the roots of crime: poverty, abuse, illiteracy. Filled with truth, humanity, and pain, the book is a clarion call for change.

About the Author:

Jane Evelyn Atwood is a leading photojournalist, winner of numerous awards among them the Alfred Eisenstaedt Award, the W. Eugene Smith Award, the Ministère de la Culture in France, a Hasselblad Foundation grant, the Ernst Haas Award, the Oscar Barnack Award, The University of Missouri Canon Photo Essay Award, and the Prix Paris-Match. Her photographs have appeared in museums in the United States and Europe, and have been published around the world in major magazines including Life, Geo, Stern, and The New York Times Magazine.She is represented in the U.S. by Contact Press images.