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In 1982, a young woman employed as a barmaid at the Coachlight Club in Ada, Oklahoma left work late one evening and was found dead the next morning, raped and strangled. Six years later, Ron Williamson, a former minor league baseball player in the Kansas City Royals system, and his friend Dennis Fritz were arrested and convicted of the crime. Williamson was exonerated just five days before his execution date. (more on next slide)
Opening night reception and lecture
Wednesday, September 14 • 4:30-7pm
In The Innocents photographer Taryn Simon presents photographs of individuals who served time in prison for violent crimes they did not commit. The photographs are accompanied by the Innocence Project’s case profiles and Simon’s interviews, collected during her cross-country journey. While mugshots and photo arrays are used to condemn and imprison innocent people, Simon has turned the camera around to document the victims of misidentification and perverted justice. At issue is the question of photography’s function as a credible eyewitness and arbiter of justice.
Simon's photography and writing have been featured in The New York Times Magazine and on Ted.com, CNN, BBC, and Frontline. A graduate of Brown University and a Guggenheim Fellow, Simon has been a visiting artist at Yale, Columbia, Bard College, School of Visual Arts, and Parsons School of Design. She has produced several books of her photographs and writing, including Contraband and An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar, both published by Steidl, and The Innocents, published by Umbrage and A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters published by Mack Books and the Neue NationalGalerie, Berlin.
The Innocents exhibition is being held in conjunction with the Wrongful Convictions lecture series.
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