Penal Colony at Perm by Jane Evelyn Atwood, 1992

In the 1990s, Jane Evelyn Atwood visited over 40 prisons in twelve countries across Europe and the United States over a period of one decade to document female incarceration. She managed to get access into some of the world’s worst jails, including death row.

Poverty in South America by LIFE

In 1961, LIFE magazine sent photographer Gordon Parks to Brazilian favelas. His photo essay highlighting poverty and suffering, particularly involving young Flavio da Silva, triggered an emotional response.