Trapped: The Story of the Mentally Ill in Prison

When photographer Jean Ackermann spent her first day at the Kentucky State Reformatory for what would become the series “Trapped,” she knew she had no choice but to photograph the images in black-and-white.

“When I went on the tour (of the prison), I didn’t see it in color; when I came back, I was trying to remember what it looked like, and I couldn’t remember any of the colors at all. I knew there was something so gritty and raw,” Ackerman recalled.

“My intention was to make the viewer feel what I felt when I was inside the prison.”

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