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Lanis Levy - Urban Encounters

Lanis Levy (Goldsmiths, University of London)

Lanis Levy is a photographer whose work and practice are firmly grounded in the 'urban'. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, she has lived and worked in London for many years. She was an avid photographer of both the neighbourhood and the city in which she grew up, but went on to study Russian, alongside international maritime law.

Working in the fields of immigration and prisoners’ rights, she subsequently qualified as a solicitor, whilst continuing to maintain her photographic practice. Her work has been presented, published and exhibited internationally, most recently at the Festival Internacional de la Imagen in Manizales, Colombia, co-curating with David Kendall ‘Photography and the Practice of Walking’ and exhibition A Here and A There as part of the 2010 Urban Encounters Festival, in partnership with Centre for Urban and Community Research, Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London and Tate Britain. and City to Sea, Goldsmiths, University of London. Having given up her legal practice entirely, she has returned to her photography full-time. Her lifelong commitment to issues of social justice continues to be evident in much of her work.

Lanis Levy: Wanno
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Sitting on the edge of Wandsworth Common, behind imposing Victorian wooden gates (often described as looking like the entrance to a 'castle'), is HMP Wandsworth, at one time the largest prison in Europe. Housing over 1600 adult male prisoners, Wandsworth remains the largest prison in the United Kingdom and holds both those awaiting trial a


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