The Charles Street Jail Series

all photos courtesy of Stephen Sheffield

A man’s haunting walk through an abandoned prison.

A designer friend of mine, who was connected with the renovation and buildout of the Liberty Hotel, called me to tell me that in two days the demolition crew was going to begin their work at the old Charles Street Jail. Did I want to get in there for a day and photograph? Did I ever. These images are from that day of shooting.

I began the day thinking I would try to put myself in the shoes of an inmate, but that quickly transformed to a more moody study on the physical space, the history, and the feeling of this beautiful building.


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About Stephen Sheffield

Stephen Sheffield is a photographer who has exhibited nationally for many years, has a number of large and small-scale commissions in Boston, Cambridge and Brooklyn NY. He has worked out of his studio in Fort Point for over 17 years. Stephen is represented locally by the Panopticon Gallery, and also runs the advanced black and white silver photography major at the New England School of Photography in Boston. He is work can be seen this month during the 40th Anniversary show of the Panopticon Gallery in Boston's Kenmore Square.


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