Anyone who has wandered around the windy, echoing confines of San Francisco's Alcatraz Prison knows that, even in ruins, it encompasses a palpable history not easily described. The photographers who contributed to this striking pictorial obviously set out to capture those qualities; that odd convergence of macabre isolation and the beauty of decay. Editor's recommendation.
Hidden Alcatraz: The Fortress Revealedby Steve Fritz
Alcatrazinfamous for its legendary inmatesis much more than its grim history. Hidden Alcatraz focuses on the current state of the island fortress, presenting a unique collection of nearly one hundred images taken over a four-year period by thirty-four photographers, including Steve Fritz, Deborah Roundtree, Robert Dawson, Alex Fradkin, Thom/i>
Alcatrazinfamous for its legendary inmatesis much more than its grim history. Hidden Alcatraz focuses on the current state of the island fortress, presenting a unique collection of nearly one hundred images taken over a four-year period by thirty-four photographers, including Steve Fritz, Deborah Roundtree, Robert Dawson, Alex Fradkin, Thom Sempere, and Michael Venera. As participants in workshops on “the Rock,” hosted by the National Park Service and Photo Alliance of San Francisco, these photographers were granted unprecedented access, even staying overnight in the main cellblock. The resulting pictures present diverse visions of beauty in decay. They highlight the eerie, almost supernatural mood of the former prison, bringing texture to its historical artifacts and architecture, and evoking the extreme isolation and despair of inmates whose only remaining traces are suggestions of blood spatters and scratches on the walls. Hidden Alcatraz includes a foreword by actor Peter Coyote, who was present during the 1971 occupation by members of the American Indian Movement, and an introduction by John Martini, one of the island’s first park rangers and an expert on its history.
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“The Rock is the star of a thousand postcards, yet "Hidden Alcatraz" makes the scene stark and fresh.”
“The next best thing to a tour of Alcatraz could be this startling photographic look at ‘the Fortress.’”
“An amazing collection of 100 photographs.”
“This collection presents a comprehensive view of the iconic island and contributes greatly to the visual representation of the myth.”
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"The next best thing to a tour of Alcatraz could be this startling photographic look at 'the Fortress.'"Sacramento Bee
"Alcatraz continues to fascinate, and this collection beautifully captures the physical decay that, at last, matches its wretched soul."Library Journal
"The project's blend of artistic vision, with contributors both amateur and distinguished, creates a diverse and dynamic perspective."Publishers Weekly
"An amazing collection of 100 photographs."San Francisco Book Review
Meet the Author
Steve Fritz is a fine art photographer who has had numerous solo and group shows. Deborah Roundtree is creative director and principal of Roundtree Visuals, an art consulting firm. Her group and solo exhibitions include the London Museum of Science, the Sydney Opera House, and New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
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