Lucinda Devlin - The Omega Suites (1991-98)

"In 1991, Lucinda Devlin began photographing penitentiaries across the United States with the permission and cooperation of local authorities. She entitled the resulting series, completed in 1998, The Omega Suites, — alluding to the final letter of the Greek alphabet as a metaphor for the finality of execution.

Working with a Hasselblad camera and long exposures in existing light, Devlin captured striking images of the architectural spaces in penitentiaries. Viewers are often drawn to her compositions and then repelled by the reality of the subject. The carefully composed and clinically sterile images are as objective as our preconceptions allow.”

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