Michael Webster

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Jailed Women
Location: 47620
Nationality: American
Biography:   I am an American photographer, currently living in the United States.  I find it  hard to classify myself. We can take photography in so many different directions these days. I like to wander through all kinds of different... read on
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Jailed Women
Credits: michael webster
Updated: 11/11/18
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My Jailed Women project was born as part of my Survivors project, but that idea was pretty much abandoned within a few minutes of sitting down with the jailed women. As a small town newspaper editor I had published many jailed woman's unflattering (to put it mildly) mug shot, often on the front page when it was a big meth bust. The publisher often enthused about how issues with mug shots were reliable best sellers, so I dutifully published all the mug shots I could. And as a photographer, I liked a lot of the pictures. Cheap digital camera's are very good these days and they put the women against a neutral gray painted concrete wall, so there was a lot to work with. Unflattering though they were, they often communicated interesting realities. But as I inevitably studied the photos and came to feel that publishing them, particularly on the front page, was a shitty assed shitty thing to do,  I quit doing it. Still, I never stopped feeling bad about it.

That all came back to my when I met the jailed women and started working with them on how best to create photography with them. I wanted to somewhat make up for the horrible photos I published by giving them a beautiful photo, so I hit upon the idea of doing the glamour type shots. That, plus just getting them some time out of the cell to goof in front of the camera was a positive thing. And I gave them nice prints, which would be prestige objects in the jail.  Some small good was done. The project continues, and will no doubt evolve.
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High School Sports

By Michael Webster / USA — These photos are from my High School Sports project. I tried to capture the overall feel of the experience,..
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Landscapes

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Fire

By Michael Webster — I just came across these drive by photos from 2015 when I finally got around to downloading the images..
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A Day of Patriotic Devotion

By Michael Webster — A Day of Patriotic Devotion is a meditation on the Trump inauguration. It includes photographs from my drive..
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Singles

By Michael Webster / USA — Just a few singles that change periodically.
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Homecoming

By Michael Webster / USA — I used to shoot high school sports for a small town newspaper, so have been to several Homecomings. Got the..
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Tribute to the Ancestors of the Middle Passage

By Michael Webster / Coney island, Brooklyn — One night during my first summer in New York, my wife Jocelyne and I heard drums as we were strolling along..
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Goose Pond

By Michael Webster — Situated in a lonely area just east of the town of Mt. Vernon, Indiana, near the Ohio River and often..
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Beesonstock 2016

By Michael Webster — These photos are from Beesonstock, a very cool music festival deep in the heart of southern Illinois.
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Survivors

By Michael Webster / United States — My "Survivors" project is an attempt to let women who face difficult challenges tell their stories..
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Curious People

By Michael Webster / Coney Island, Brooklyn — The Congress of Curious Peoples is a weeklong event that brings together the upstairs and the downstairs in..
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Too Many Black People in One Place

By Michael Webster / Coney Isaland, Brooklyn — On July 4, 2013, I took my 14-year-old son to the Coney Island amusement park in Brooklyn, New York. We..
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Bunker Mentality

By Michael Webster — Bunker Mentality is one of my attempts to bring a New Journalsim attitude to visual storytelling. Many of..
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Too Many Black People in One Place

By Michael Webster — On July 4, 2013, I took my 14-year-old son to the Coney Island amusement park in Brooklyn, New York. We..
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Jack by the Sea

By Michael Webster — These photos come from a very happy time in my life. One of many, fortunately. Wnen my daughter was in sixth..
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mw hit and run Detroit

By Michael Webster / Detroit — Wherein I parachute into Detroit for a few days and slap together a photo essay. A hit-and-run, so to..
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Weird Scenes Inside the Goldmine

By Michael Webster / Lower Manhattan — These are more or less random photos from around lower Manhattan in the years after 9/11.
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Mermaid Day

By Michael Webster — This is another episod of my Coney Island Blues project. Mermaid Day is a good day to reflect on the..
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