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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Is National A-1 Headed To The Slammer?

Perhaps this exhibition by our agency's preferred photographer Trix Rosen, will cast an image in all domainer's minds that keeps them focussed on doing honest business with integrity.


June 3 - July 1 2011
Gallery Hours: Fri 3pm - 6pm, Sat-Sun 12 noon - 3pm
Mon - Thurs by Appointment Only
Distillery Gallery & Artspace - 7 Hutton Street, Jersey City, NJ 07307


It was a bitterly cold December day in 2006 when I first walked through the Essex County State Penitentiary in Caldwell, New Jersey. I had been hired to photograph the Jail Annex using the HABS (Historic American Buildings Survey) guidelines set up by the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service before the 32-acre site was to be demolished. Although the sun was bright, the deserted prison complex appeared like a forbidding ruin with concealed memories etched deeply into the walls. I started my exploration, flashlight in hand, into the cavernous interior.

New Wing Third Floor Corridor ©2007 TRIX ROSEN

Essex Jail Wing

It was hard to imagine that there was a prison population here a year before. Yet within these rust-pitted walls, one could feel the presence of humanity.

Power House Interior ©2007 TRIX ROSEN
Essex Jail Power House

Among the 14 buildings I photographed were the Main Prison Building, designed by Newark Architect Paul Botticher, the Power House (dating from 1872) and the Women’s Wing, New Wing, Hospital Wing, Warden’s House and Laundry. Five months later, I shot 107 large-format b/w film images on a commission from the Library of Congress and the New Jersey State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO).

In the Distillery exhibition are two of these images, revealing unspoken stories about the buildings and the thousands of imprisoned, now ghostly inhabitants. Their presence is felt, not only in the discarded objects, graffiti drawings and magazine pin-ups that remained attached to the cell walls, but in the very essence of the structures themselves.

Click here to see more of the Essex Prison Project

Trix Rosen Photography Ltd.
212. 228 8100 office
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