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16 bars project

Part I: Stifled Grey Shadows

I spent three years researching and visiting prisons, prisoners and ex-prisoners across Germany. I did this to understand the impact of the current penal system on a personal level. What role plays physical isolation and how does stigma carry on in life after prison. What I learnt was spanning from education and medical support inside the so called correctional facilities to chances it can hold. 

This is a portrait photo series of the people that I met and their stories. 

Part II: Esther - Voices Of Life

Esther's voice and her positive spirit impressed me. She was tricked into forced prostitution at young age and later got imprisoned for smuggling drugs in an attempt to pay her mother's medical bills.

In this little film, she reflects on her story and why she never gives up.

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