Jane Evelyn Atwood defines herself more as a photographer of projects rather than a photojournalist. Her photographic projects can take several years in order to go deep into the topic. Her photography study of women in prison took nearly 10 years. Atwood had access to more than 40 prisons, including the toughest prisons in Eastern and Western Europe and in the United States and also death row. Other themes include prostitutes in Paris (“Rue des Lombards”, her first project), blind children, Darfur, and Haiti. She also did a four-year study of landmine victims in Cambodia, Angola, Kosovo, Mozambique and Afghanistan. In addition, Atwood participated in neo-media projects organized by the French photography institution.
Atwood is the author of nine books, including “Haiti” (Actes Sud, Arles, France 2008), “Exterieur Nuit” (Centre National de Photo, France 1998) and “Too Much Time – Women in Prison” (Phaidon, 2000).
Atwood has received several awards, including the W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography, the Grand Prix Paris Match for Photojournalism, the Oskar Barnack Award and the Alfred Eisenstadt Award. In 2011, Atwood was featured with a major retrospective of her work “Photographs 1976-2010” at the Maison Europeenne de la Photographie in Paris.
Follow this link to read a 2010 interview of Atwood in ParisVoice. http://www.parisvoice.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=528&Itemid=33
By Jim McKinniss