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Stephen Shames : Alcatraz is Not an Island


I went to Alcatraz with my friend and fellow photographer Alan Copeland soon after Indians of All Tribes claimed the island. I became friends with Richard Oakes. And the three of us produced a book, “Alcatraz is Not an Island” with our photos and Richard Oakes’ text. The book was never published perhaps because Richard’s essay seemed too radical for east coast book editors. This photo essay contains photographs I took in 1969 on Alcatraz plus images from the Kashia Band of Pomo Indians (Annie Oakes tribe) in northern California; the Ateyapi (fatherhood) Program in Rapid City, South Dakota; the...

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