Photographs by Richard Ross

This powerful and haunting series of fifty photographs documents and examines the placement and treatment of American juveniles housed by law in facilities in the United States.

For the past five years, photographer Richard Ross has interviewed and photographed both pre-adjudicated and committed youth in the juvenile justice system. To date, he has visited more than 250 facilities in 30 states—including Nevada. Ross has photographed in group homes, police departments, youth correctional facilities, juvenile courtrooms, high schools, shelters, classrooms, interview rooms, and maximum security lock-down and non-lock-down shelters, to name just a few. By photographing the children from behind or by obscuring their faces, the children’s identities are always kept anonymous.

Ross received his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Florida, Gainesville and teaches art at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He was principal photographer for the Getty Museum and their Villa Project and does editorial work for the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Examiner, Vogue, La Repubblica, and Architectural Digest.

Exclusive Sponsorship by the Wilhelm Hoppe Family Trust.


Related Programs and Events

  • PREMIERE LECTURE Photographer Richard Ross on Juvenile-In-Justice

    Thursday August 23, 2012 / 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

    Photographer Richard Ross presents his work in Juvenile-In-Justice, relating stories and interviews with juvenile offenders that he has collected over the past five years.

    Hosted wine reception to follow.

    This premiere lecture is sponsored exclusively by RBC Wealth Management.

  • Juvenile Justice: A Panel Discussion

    Friday October 5, 2012 / 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm

    Join a juvenile justice advocate and leaders from the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and the National Judicial College for a discussion of issues related to juvenile justice raised by the exhibition Juvenile-In-Justice: Photographs by Richard Ross.

Richard Ross, Miami-Dade Regional Juvenile Detention Center, Miami, Florida, 2010. 22 x 33 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

Richard Ross, Mendota Juvenile Treatment Center, Mendota, Wisconsin, 2009. 22 x 33 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

Photographs by Richard Ross