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Sep 07, 2011 16:20 |  #1

I was fortunate last weekend to have planned a photo tour of the now decommissioned Missouri State Penitentiary in Jefferson City, MO. We had 17 photographers turn up for a 3 hour tour. The tour guides were great (former employees, including the warden), and let us go into areas normally not accessible on regular tours (death row, etc). It was a great experience, and fairly unsettling, especially touring the gas chamber.

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Sep 07, 2011 18:47 |  #2

Nice shots! I think you did great on expressing the mood of each shot! Man, that death row redemption...


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Sep 07, 2011 23:28 |  #3

Very moving shots. Also checked out the ones on your flickr. Was hoping for some shots INSIDE the gas chamber though.


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Sep 08, 2011 00:00 |  #4

wow these are phenomenal. You have a good eye.


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Sep 08, 2011 00:19 |  #5

how does a person get on that photo trip?
looks like it will be worth the drive
and yes nice job creepy place very cool




  
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Sep 08, 2011 02:22 |  #6

I really like to see photos like these. I work in a prison in WA state that was built in 1886 and most of the living units in the complex still house inmates. I would love to bring my camera to work but wouldn't make it through the front door without getting turned around. So much character in these shots. Good job!




  
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Sep 08, 2011 06:47 |  #7

Very interesting and evocative series. I've visited several old prisons and always get the sense of desperation and futility your photos convey. Not good places to be incarcerated, and probably not good places to work.


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Sep 08, 2011 07:00 |  #8
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Now just one question, from what year is this penitentiary?




  
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Sep 08, 2011 07:04 as a reply to  @ serena85's post |  #9

Helluva place, great shots. Reminiscent of Alcatraz.


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Sep 08, 2011 07:52 |  #10

joonrhee wrote in post #13066639 (external link)
Nice shots! I think you did great on expressing the mood of each shot! Man, that death row redemption...

Thank you. I was all over the place with processing, but I thought each shot needed it's own style.

Canonswhitelensesrule wrote in post #13068170 (external link)
Very moving shots. Also checked out the ones on your flickr. Was hoping for some shots INSIDE the gas chamber though.

I do have some, which I might process soon and put up, but none turned out that great IMO. If you want to see a good one though check out this one that was taken by Marcianna on this tour - http://photos2.meetups​tatic.com …a/4/highres_533​21892.jpeg (external link)

arjay702 wrote in post #13068271 (external link)
wow these are phenomenal. You have a good eye.

Thank you. We were all so excited to be there and only had a limited time in each building (we were split into groups of 3) that a lot of us were running, dropping tripod, grabbing a shot, and hoping for the best. It was so hot that day that I could barely see through the viewfinder for all the sweat in my eye.

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how does a person get on that photo trip?
looks like it will be worth the drive
and yes nice job creepy place very cool

http://www.missouripen​tours.com/msp.html (external link) Contact Sheila. The photo tours are scheduled for 4pm and run for 3 hours in between the regular tours and the ghost tours. We were allowed tripods and almost free run of each building. It's a bit more expensive than a regular tour, but we had a lot more guides so we could be in smaller groups. If you'd like, I think everyone was ready to go again, so we might plan another one in a few months. We all drove down from the Kansas City area.

jimi thing wrote in post #13068719 (external link)
I really like to see photos like these. I work in a prison in WA state that was built in 1886 and most of the living units in the complex still house inmates. I would love to bring my camera to work but wouldn't make it through the front door without getting turned around. So much character in these shots. Good job!

When planning this I had a few people who thought the prison was still operational and asked about 'model releases'. I laughed and asked if they seriously thought an operating high security prison would actually allow civilians in to take photos. It would keep you on your toes though :p

sparker1 wrote in post #13069237 (external link)
Very interesting and evocative series. I've visited several old prisons and always get the sense of desperation and futility your photos convey. Not good places to be incarcerated, and probably not good places to work.

As photo geeks we were really excited to shoot something out of the norm, but yes, I think all of us were just blown away at the conditions and backstories of the people who were housed in those cells. Our guide said the guards especially hated working death row because the inmates were so violent.

serena85 wrote in post #13069268 (external link)
Now just one question, from what year is this penitentiary?

1836 - 2004. Hard to believe it has degraded this much in 7 years of non operation.

Wallace River wrote in post #13069275 (external link)
Helluva place, great shots. Reminiscent of Alcatraz.

Thanks.

Here's a bit more information on the prison as well as some of the inmates - http://en.wikipedia.or​g …ssouri_State_Pe​nitentiary (external link)


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Sep 08, 2011 16:05 |  #11

Thanks for the link.

Just looking at that photo sends chills up the spine.


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Sep 08, 2011 22:13 |  #12

Awesome stuff (photos and prison info)!


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Oct 11, 2011 07:38 |  #13

That sounds pretty cool man. I'll have to get in on one of those tours to explore it. maybe i need to spend an evening in Jeff City with the wifey.


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Oct 11, 2011 11:00 |  #14

Creepy place. I wandered around the complex when I was visiting Jefferson City. Weird that it was so close to the Capitol! Wondered if it was still in operation when I was there. Looked pretty run down. Just looking at the pics makes we feel like I need a shower. I'll have to look into taking the tour sometime.

Actually drove up next to it and parked next to what I thought was a dog--turned out it was a fox, just sunning himself on the sidewalk, right next to the road, outside the prison fence! He just kind of looked up at me and smiled!


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Oct 11, 2011 11:50 |  #15

They had some open showers down in the dungeon cells you could check out :p


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