On April 19 Bruce Jackson and Diane Christian will sign copies of their new book, In This Timeless Time: Living & Dying on Death Row in America, published by the University of North Carolina Press and CDS Books of the Center for Documentary Studies. The book includes a DVD of their film Death Row and “is about life on Death Row in Texas, the special prison within a prison the state maintains for men it plans to put to death,” as Jackson and Christian write in their preface. “It is also about all the other Death Rows, which across time and in various places differ in marginal ways but which, at their core, are not significantly different from one another.” The event will be held in conjunction with a reception for the CDS exhibit Full Color Depression: First Kodachromes from America’s Heartland, curated by Bruce Jackson.
Thursday, April 19, 6–9 p.m., talk at 7 p.m.
Talk by Bruce Jackson, followed by a book signing with Jackson and Diane Christian
In conjunction with a reception for Full Color Depression: First Kodachromes from America’s Heartland, curated by Bruce Jackson
Center for Documentary Studies
1317 W. Pettigrew St., Durham, North Carolina
In This Timeless Time features ninety-two photographs taken by Bruce Jackson in 1979 during his and Diane Christian’s fieldwork for the book and documentary film Death Row, illustrating life on cell block J in Ellis Unit of the Texas Department of Corrections. Text by Jackson and Christian further reveals the world of Death Row prisoners and the fates of the men they met on the Row, and addresses the profound moral and ethical issues the authors have encountered throughout their careers documenting the Row.
For more information on In This Timeless Time, click here.
To watch a trailer from Jackson and Christian’s film Death Row, produced by CDS publishing intern Joel Mora, click here.
To read an interview with Bruce Jackson and Diane Christian, click here.
To read a recent review of Full Color Depression, click here.
Full Color Depression is in the Kreps Gallery at CDS through July 23, 2012. A public auction of prints from the exhibit will be held at the Center for Documentary Studies on June 21.
Bruce Jackson is James Agee Professor of American Culture and SUNY Distinguished Professor of English at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He is author of numerous books and films. Diane Christian, a poet, scholar of religious literature, and documentarian, is SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of English at the State University of New York at Buffalo.