press release

In 2000, photographer Taryn Simon traveled across the United States photographing and interviewing individuals who were unfairly convicted and served time for violent crimes they did not commit. The primary cause of these errors was mistaken identification. The Innocents questions the use of photographs as eyewitness account, acknowledging that unjust convictions often result from a victim's response to photographs and lineups in law enforcement's identification process. Simon photographed these men at sites that had particular significance to their wrongful conviction: the scene of misidentification, the scene of arrest, the scene of the crime or the scene of the alibi. In these photographs Simon confronts photography's ability to blur truth and fiction-an ambiguity that can have severe, even lethal consequences. Simon's photographs have been exhibited internationally and featured in numerous publications, including The New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair and The New Yorker.

Taryn Simon: The Innocents is organized by P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center chief curator Klaus Biesenbach and P.S.1 exhibition coordinator Amy Smith Stewart.


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Taryn Simon
Kuratoren: Klaus Biesenbach, Amy Smith Stewart