The Parameters of Our Cage

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MACK, 2020. First edition.
Softcover, 125 x 195 mm, 128 pp., 125 x 195 mm.
Text by Alec Soth, C. Fausto Cabrera. Design by Alec Soth, Morgan Crowcroft-Brown.

Shortlisted for The Photo-Text Book Award, Les Rencontres de la Photographie, Arles 2021

In January 2020, Alec Soth received a letter from Chris Fausto Cabrera, an inmate of the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Rush City, in which he asked the photographer to engage in a dialogue. This sparked an expansive and insightful correspondence over the following nine months which, set against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, Black Lives Matter Movement and growing unrest, reaches to the heart of contemporary America. In amongst their exchanges of personal histories and shared influences – from Ralph Ellison’s The Invisible Manand André 3000, to Robert Frank’s The Americansand Rilke’s 'Letters to a Young Poet' – developed a searing investigation of the redemptive power of art and the imagination, justice and accountability, life inside America’s prisons, and the astonishing capacity of empathy and curiosity to bring two people together.


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