Konxari Photographer returns to Prison
. . . Again and Again!
photographer, Paul Michael Kane, who, earlier this year was
featured in the paranormal card supplement, Konxari
Cards, has just released a new book entitled Captured:
The Ruins of Eastern State Penitentiary.
nearly three-year long project, the book collects 72 photographs
of the haunting prison, which was built in 1821 and shut down
a hundred and fifty years later. Today, the location is a
historic landmark, with
annual haunted tours during Halloween and even a favorite
Hollywood backdrop for actors like Brad
Pitt and Bruce Willis.
first became aware of the prison from a show on the Travel
Channel, says Kane. It was on one of those ghost
hunting shows and while the program was mildly amusing, I
was fascinated by what was being shown in the background and
I knew I just had to shoot there.
first visit to the Philadelphia-based penitentiary was in
October of 2007 and he's returned several times since to capture
the prison at different seasons.
is most amazing is that in only three decades or so, Mother
Nature has already begun reclaiming her territory over the
prison walls. Some of the imagery captured by Kane indeed
shows vines growing inside the prison cells and ivy crawling
up the thirty foot perimeter walls.
admits to being a life-long photography enthusiast. Earlier
this year, 88 of his images including some taken at
Eastern State Penitentiary were featured in a deck
of paranormal cards called Konxari Cards (www.konxari.com).
In fact, it's Kane's striking images from the prison that
prompted officials at The IRM Foundation to commission the
photographer on the card set.
is also a acclaimed graphic designer and writer. His designs
have been seen on novels, comic books and even a Star Wars
Movie poster. He's written for such publications as the International
Writers Open Forum and Art Scene International.
book, published by Blurb.com, is printed 100-pound text paper
with a silk finish to enhance the images printed on the paper.
It is available in two editions, a soft cover and an image
wrapped hardcover. There are plans on a rare slip cased, special
edition for later this year. Each book is accompanied by a
signed 5x7 print done on Kodak's Professional Endura Metallic
unique aspect of this photography book is a companion website
that is listed in the book's introduction. The website will
feature audio commentary for each image on the books pages
giving a brief talk about the subject and a look into
the technical details of the photographs . . . perfect for
history buffs and photographer junkies alike.
find out more about Captured: The Ruins of Eastern State
Penitentiary, Paul Michael Kane, or Konxari
Cards, visit www.konxari.com
or the photographer's official web site at www.paulmichaelkane.com.