Motherhood & Prison

Motherhood & Prison

Hanna Truscott, has spent over a decade photographing members of a Residential Parenting Program for her project Protective Custody. The project highlights a different side of mothers in prison.


What was your main goal when you started photographing the women?
Raising awareness. I thought, ‘No one’s hearing about this.’ [The program] is something I really strongly believe in professionally and personally. Second of all, I found the photographic challenges really interesting. I got criticized in the early days because my pictures were too “lovely” – they weren’t edgy enough, they didn’t show all the prisoners’ bad teeth and track marks. But that reinforced my resolve. You see edgy pictures of prisoners all the time. You don’t ever see pictures of prisoners who are really trying to fall in love with their babies.”

Find out more in on Refinery 29, i-D magazine or on Hannahs website

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