Our photography book, Levon and Kennedy: Mississippi Innocence Project was published in March 2018 by PowerHouse Books. Levon Brooks and Kennedy Brewer were both wrongfully convicted of two separate murders, which occurred 18 months apart. Levon was sentenced to life and spent 18 years in prison. Kennedy was sentenced to death and was imprisoned for 15. They were exonerated by the Innocence Project in 2008 with the help of DNA testing. After ten years of freedom, Levon Brooks died on January 24, 2018.
This project could not have existed without the support of Levon and Kennedy and their families, the Innocence Project, the Mississippi Innocence Project, Olivier Renaud-Clement, the SHOEN Foundation, PowerHouse Books and Meridian Printing.
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Recently, I started two new projects in New Mexico, and in the Mississippi Delta.
Glendora: Sing About Me is a documentary project comprising a book of analog photography and in situ interviews along with a documentary film recording community projects. Its aim is twofold: to explore the connection between poverty and memory, and to record the town’s efforts to reclaim its heritage. Glendora, Mississippi, population 200, is remembered as the ground for the murder of Emmett Till in 1955. Whilst a small museum was erected in his honor, it has become a memory desert emblematic of rural African Americans’ economic distress. In addition to recording the town’s residents and oral testimonies, with the help of Mayor Johnny B. Thomas, I am implementing a youth program teaching film and photography to produce further interviews of relatives and neighbors. The making of such memory library within Glendora’s everyday life will be documented in the film.
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