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Richard Ross

(New York City, NY, 1947 - )

Louisiana State Penn, Angola, LA. Red Hat Cell Window - 2005-2- 15 from the series Architecture of Authority, 2005
Chromogenic print on paper
8 5/16 x 8 3/16 in. (211.14 x 207.96 mm)

Creation Place: North America, American
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Transfer gift from the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, gift of Susan Bower
Accession Number: P2015.17.84

This is a working print for study only. Not for exhibition.

The Red Hat cellblock was built in 1934, after Captain John Singleton and Officer J. Fletcher were killed by inmate/escape artist Charlie Frazier. The cellblock got its name from the hats worn by the convicts who were confined there: the hats were dipped in red paint to distinguish those prisoners from others. The location also served to house Death Row offenders. In 1957, a wooden annex to house the state’s electric chair was built. Eleven executions were held at the annex between 1957 and 1961. (Angola Museum, Rededication of Red Hat Cell Block, May 25, 2012)

Chromogenic contact print

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  • Sheet Dimensions: 11 x 8 1/2 in. (279.4 x 215.9 mm)

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