VISIONS OF JUSTICE
Featuring photographs by Jeremy Castro • Jerry Leonor • Jesus Rios • Eugene Riley • Jenna Tomsky • Christoper Shurn
Ninety percent of formerly incarcerated people who seek education stay out of prison, according to data from the Journal of Correctional Education, while the rate for those who don’t seek education is thirty percent. For the past fifty years, Project Rebound, has helped formerly incarcerated individuals attend college across the state of California. In the last decade, 140 students have graduated from San Francisco State University through Project Rebound.
The pilot “Visions of Justice” photography workshop was held August 20-23, 2018 at San Francisco State University, immersing Project Rebound's students and staff in expressing their own stories and perspectives through photography. Their resulting work explores personal experiences and ideas of freedom and justice using visual storytelling.
The workshop's instructional team was led by 2017 CatchLight Fellow and SF State Alum, Brian L. Frank, SF State Alum/Photojournalist, Justin Maxon, and CatchLight Impact Manager, Jenny Jacklin Stratton.
Visions of Justice was generously supported by the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting in partnership with CatchLight, Project Rebound, and students from the SFSU Department of Journalism.
"The experience of the workshop was so emotional because I got to go take pictures of the very place where I would risk my life on an everyday basis just to literally get a room and a fresh pair of socks — and to be able to tell my story, where for so long other people tell your story for you or show what you look like from their point of view, to be able to tell my own story with a camera and through my own eyes was so empowering.
I didn't know how serious that was until I started telling people. To come back to the streets with a camera, to have art pouring out of me and share my experience of being incarcerated and on probation — I'm turning my life around, not just making pictures. It's very powerful." — Workshop Student