Vinny and David: Life and Incarceration of a Family


ART WORKS Projects is proud to announce photographer Isadora Kosofsky of Los Angeles as the winner of the 2017 Emerging Lens Mentorship Program. Annually supporting the development of a young photographer’s work on a human rights issue of their choice, this year’s Emerging Lens program will culminate in the June 8, 2017 Chicago opening of Kosofsky’s project Vinny and David: Life and Incarceration of a Family.


Vinny and David began when Isadora Kosofsky encountered Vinny, then age 13, as he was being booked into a juvenile detention center for stabbing his mother’s assailant in 2012. Since that time, Kosofsky has forged an ongoing relationship with Vinny, his older brother David, and the rest of their family as she documents their navigation of life both inside and outside of New Mexico’s juvenile and adult prison systems.


Kosofsky says, “For the past five years, I have documented the relationship between families and incarceration, focusing on lost intimacy and love as a locus to investigate humanistic elements of the criminal justice system. In the midst of understanding shattered and mended familial bonds in my present life, Vinny and David comments on private questions about the nature of brotherly bonds and alienation.”



Emerging Lens is ART WORKS Projects’ annual, juried photography competition for photographers age 18 to 27 whose work focuses on social justice and human rights. The program is currently in its third year. Each year, the competition focuses on a different region in the world. For the 2017 competition, AWP sought photographers based in the United States.


Supporting upcoming documentary photographers and filmmakers through mentoring and providing a platform for their work is an integral part of AWP’s mission. Through the Emerging Lens program, AWP hopes to encourage the rising generation of photojournalists to use the power of their lenses to address human rights and social justice issues.


To learn how to become a sponsor of the Emerging Lens Mentorship Program, please contact Mandy Terc at



Justice Literacy Workshop with Free Write + Closing of Vinny and David 
August 10, 2016 | 625 N. Kingsbury
Food and drinks provided. Click here to purchase tickets.


Art on 51st opening of Vinny & David: Life and Incarceration of a Family
August 27, 2017 | 1238 W. 51st Street
In partnership with Communities and Relatives of Illinois Incarcerated Children (CRIIC) and Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation




Opening of Vinny & David: Life and Incarceration of a Family

June 8, 2017 | 625 N. Kingsbury St., Chicago

Special thanks to speaker and photographer Isadora Kosofsky


The Confined Family: Exploring the Impact of Incarcerating Children

June 22, 2017 | 625 N. Kingsbury St., Chicago

With guest speakers Julie Anderson, Cathy Aguilar, and Joey Rodriguez (CRIIC), Daniel Banks (Youth Advisory Board, IL Dept. of Juvenile Justice) and moderator Jobi Cates, Director of RJI.


June 8 – August 10, 2017
AWP Studio Gallery
625 N. Kingsbury Street



Isadora Kosofsky is a documentary photographer and filmmaker based in Los Angeles. She takes an immersive approach to photojournalism, working with her subjects for years at a time. Her passion is to document American social issues from a humanistic stance.


Isadora received the 2012 Inge Morath Award from the Magnum Foundation for her multi-series documentary about romantic relationships of the aged. She was a participant in the 2014 Joop Swart Masterclass of World Press Photo. Her work has received distinctions from Flash Forward Magenta Foundation, Ian Parry Foundation, Social Documentary Network, IAFOR, Women in Photography International, Prix de la Photographie Paris, The New York Photo Festival and a nomination for Reportage Photography of the Year at the 2016 Lead Awards. Isadora’s images have been featured in The London Sunday Times, Slate, The Washington Post, TIME, Le Monde, VICE, The New Yorker, Mashable, American Photo, PDN, The British Journal of Photography and The Huffington Post, among others.