2016 / Editorial / Photo Essay (Non-Pro)

Behind the Bars

  • Photographer
    Buket Ozatay

This series was taken in the women ward of central prison in North Nicosia, Cyprus and lasted about ten months. I wanted to create an awareness about the women prisoners’ life in prison and demonstrate their everyday life behind bars. I want the society to meet with the women behind the bars through my photographs. During my visits to the prison from September 2014-June 2015 number of the women prisoners in the ward was around 12 to 19. Female inmates were in prison for crimes such as murder, drugs, theft, fatal traffic accidents, forgery of documents etc. The women wing is resembled more of a women’s hall of residence than a prison. But despite all the good conditions it was still a prison.