Paul Taggart


Matthew Gamber
August 2004

Mariliana Arvelo
July 2004

Ken Richardson

June 2004

Julie Melton

May 2004

Marlo Marrero

April 2004

Erik Gould
March 2004

Mori Insinger
February 2004

Jen Kodis

January 2004

Amber Davis
December 2003

Paul Taggart

November 2003

Marla Sweeney
October 2003

Dylan Vitone
September 2003

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Documenting topics ranging from street kids in Mexico, to transsexual prostitution in Cuba, and anti-war protests in London, the young free-lance photojournalist Paul Taggart has already traveled the world extensively. Currently dividing his time between Boston and Brooklyn, this native Oklahoman recently signed with World Picture News photo agency. Taggart has studied at the Art Institute of Boston, the Maine Photographic Workshops, as well as several schools of film and television. Taggart has completed recent assignments for People Magazine, the Boston Phoenix, and Stuff@Night. Taggart exemplifies the concerned photojournalist, an increasingly rare breed. His superbly composed images sing in their ability to convey a succinct and poignant message.

Over the past 2 1/2 years, Taggart has received unprecedented access to many prisons throughout the United States including America's largest correctional facility, the Louisiana State Penitentiary, for a self-funded project documenting the officers and inmates. A huge sprawling complex, the town of Angola is the penitentiary and vice versa. Many films, including Dead Man Walking and Monster's Ball, were shot at this iconic institution. Taggart has recently returned from Tanzania where he created an archive of images for the CARE organization. His work focused on HIV/AIDS and Malaria patients as well as new arrivals to Congolese refugee camps fleeing from the civil war in their native country. The work from Africa seen here is comprised of images documenting the Malaria epidemic in Eastern Africa. Today, over 3,000 children in Africa die every day of this preventable disease.

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Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola

Paul Taggart, From the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola series, courtesy and copyright the artist.

The Louisiana State Penitentiary (LSP) at Angola, our nation's largest state penitentiary, is located in West Felicia Parish, approximately fifty-nine miles northwest of Baton Rouge. Surrounded on three sides by the Mississippi River with the Tunica Hills forming its fourth border, Angola's 18,000 acres creates a highly isolated prison farm. LSP currently houses and employs approximately 1,500 correctional officers to supervise and secure the over 5,000 inmates that are incarcerated there. The penitentiary itself is composed of multiple "mini-prisons," the Main Prison Complex (housing approximately 2,500 inmates) as well as five out camps collectively housing approximately 2,600 inmates. Each "mini-prison" is fully staffed, including separate wardens, security staffs, classification staffs, as well as medical personnel. Each area is also fully equipped with a canteen, kitchen, laundry facility, and clothing room.

I began photographing a range of US correctional facilities in early 2001; by the spring of 2002, I traveled down to Angola to photograph the prison rodeo for a weekend. After a glimpse into the LSP culture I knew I had to make more images of this facility that was like none other that I had witnessed. Through researching the facility and speaking with the public relations department about the project, it became clear that this prison's story needed to be photographed in a very different aesthetic than my previous prison work. I decided to photograph the prison in color using strobes and to focus on the people working/living at the facility rather than just the inmates. The entire project was self-funded and was shot digitally to help save on costs.

- Paul Taggart


Malaria in Africa

Paul Taggart, From the Malaria in Africa series, courtesy and copyright the artist.

The malaria project is one of many stories produced with the support of the CARE foundation in Tanzania. As a team, Pennsylvania based photojournalist Sarah Bones and myself traveled throughout the country photographing CARE projects as well personal stories including the arrival of the Congolese refugees arriving in the Lugufu refugee camps after fleeing the Democratic Republic of the Congo Civil War. Often shadowed by stories on HIV/AIDS, malaria is commonly disregarded as a problem since it is of little importance or danger to most US citizens. I didn't begin to realize the grasp to which this disease has on the continent until the locals, who assumed I had the parasite, sent me to a hospital in the Kigoma region. Like most stories, as a photographer the unexpected ones are the images that resonate and morph into larger projects: the Malaria project is the beginning of a larger essay dealing with this often-overlooked mosquito-born epidemic.

Each year, well over 300 million people are infected with malaria and more than 1 million people die of the disease. 90% of these deaths are in Africa where the malaria burden is currently on the rise for the first time in 20 years. This is due in part to the rapid spread of strains of the disease that are resistant to drugs such as chloroquine, the cheapest standard drug. Other, more effective drugs are available, but at the cost of $1-3 per patient, they are out of the reach of most Africans. Africa loses $12 billion worth of GDP annually because of malaria. Currently, $200 million are spent annually on global malaria control, with the estimated needed funding standing at $1.5-$2.5 billion each year. While malaria is a preventable disease, even the most basic preventative measures, such as insecticide-treated bed nets, are too expensive for most Africans to purchase.

To learn more about CARE, one of the world's largest private international humanitarian organizations, visit

- Paul Taggart