Subjected To Prison, Defined by a Brother’s Love

Photos by

Pete Brook
Dec 1, 2014 · 10 min read

Isadora Kosofsky

With a loving but struggling mother and a near-absent father, two siblings find strength in one another. Incarcerated as kids, Vinny and David grow beyond the prison experience to become the family they want to be

BEYOND PRISON PICTURES

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Vinny’s first meal in the detention center cafeteria.
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Left: Vinny lies on his cell bunk. Right: Vinny talks to another juvenile.
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Vinny’s mother Eve comforts him during visitation at the detention center.

YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHER, YOUNG SUBJECTS

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Eve holds her youngest son Michael in the pool at a motel.
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Left: David, then 19, sits in the recreation yard of the jail. Right: David uses the phone in jail.
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Felicia and their 10-month-old daughter Lily see David through video visitation.
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A family portrait of David, then 13, Vinny, then 8, and Michael, then 3.

COVERAGE AND RESPONSE

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Eve cries after learning that the court will not allow Vinny to live with her and has ordered him to live with his paternal aunt.

Q & A

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Michael playfully punches his sister Elycia’s cheek.
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Left: David and Felicia have been together four years. Right: With a warrant out for his arrest, David cries in fear that police will find him and take him away from his family.
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David and Felicia smile as they teach Lily to walk.
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Eve places her head on David’s back, while he draws a picture of a clown in his notebook.
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Michael and Elycia (Vinny and David’s younger siblings) in the back of Eve’s car.
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Left: Vinny’s mother Eve visits him after he was placed in custody of his aunt, who lives 3 hours away. Right: Vinny and David play with the hose.
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Vinny, Michael and Elycia play together on a trampoline. This is Vinny’s first visit with his siblings since beginning his new life with his aunt.
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Vinny, now 15, and David, now 21, lay down at night after spending the day together. “Vinny broke into my heart”” says David when asked about their bond.
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Felicia prepares Lily for bed.
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Left: Vinny hangs out with David, Felicia and their child Lily. Right: Vinny has grown into adolescence over the period of time Kosofsky photographed the project.
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David, Eve, and Vinny huddle together in the parking lot outside the courthouse after David is proven innocent on his charges.
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Vinny and David stand together as the New Mexico sky darkens before a summer storm.

Vantage

Perspectives on Visual Storytelling

Pete Brook

Written by

Writer, curator and educator focused on photo, prisons and power. Sacramento, California. www.prisonphotography.org

Vantage

Vantage

Perspectives on Visual Storytelling

Pete Brook

Written by

Writer, curator and educator focused on photo, prisons and power. Sacramento, California. www.prisonphotography.org

Vantage

Vantage

Perspectives on Visual Storytelling

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