Mugshots: A Celebration of the Journey From Ruin to Redemption

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9780979005305: Mugshots: A Celebration of the Journey From Ruin to Redemption

Over two hundred pages filled with striking black and white photography and dramatic real-life stories from some of Hollywood s most successful artists who describe with extraordinary honesty their journeys from ruin to redemption. A beautifully designed book and cleverly conceived work of photojournalism, Mugshots is at once a work of art and an inspiration

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Unlock the door and inside you will find a collection of outlaws and outsiders: the committed and the condemned. Look into their eyes. Follow the tunnel behind dark pupils, read the cavernous lines and hard edges of their faces and experience the trials they endured. They are ex-convicts, former drug addicts and gang members who became physically or psychologically imprisoned and sentenced to the fringes of life.

Left alone and stripped bare of their freedom, they looked for the one voice that could save them; their own. Each one confronted the choices that led them to ruin, challenged their self-imposed limitations, and committed to break free from their past.

Each one emerged victorious, with a renewed spirit and a burning desire never to return.

Armed with will rather than weapons, the thirty-eight artists portrayed here fashioned themselves into poets and performers in the furnace of adversity. Their body of work emerged from the wellspring of their experiences. Their lives celebrate second chances and salvation.

And they came to make it in the one place that didn't discriminate against them, Hollywood. With their survival instincts, determination and hard-won wisdom, "breaking in" now takes on a whole new meaning.

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"The photographs alone are brilliant, every face tells a thousand stories of hardship, perseverance, redemption, and inspiration. Having worked with and being friends with several of the people in Mugshots, I have personally witnessed their triumphs and celebrate their stories of struggle and survival in this wonderful book."
-Steve Buscemi, actor/director

"Mugshots represents the triumph of the human spirit. These are stories of people who chose to live, to overcome the harsh reality of their lives and make a difference to the world. Their journey out of darkness is powerful and important. It teaches us to know there is hope, there is a second chance, there is redemption."
-James Keach, producer, "Walk the Line"

"By exposing the reader to folks whose voices hover around the margins, Mugshots has advanced the noble movement towards kinship. This fine book stands with those on the margins and helps us all imagine the day when the margins themselves will have been erased."
-Father Gregory Boyle, Director of Jobs For a Future and Homeboy Industries

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