Anthony Georgieff: In 1988 I was asked by a Bulgarian magazine to accompany one of their reporters into Sofia Central Prison. The reporter had to write 'openly' about prisoners' life, in keeping with the policies of Glasnost and Perestroyka. There was neither Glasnost, nor Perestroyka behind the walls of Bulgaria's biggest prison. I was told where to point my camera and what to shoot. However, I had a small Olympus XA4 with me, hardly a thing a prison guard would notice. So in-between the 'approved' shots, I used that to shoot 'from the hip'. Until I left prison I was scared that if they discovered what I was doing I would never be able to see the street again.

Both the 'approved' and the Olympus shots are included here.

Sofia prison
Sofia prison
Sofia prison
Sofia prison
Sofia prison
Sofia prison
Sofia prison
Sofia prison
Sofia prison
Sofia prison
Sofia prison
Sofia prison
Sofia prison
Sofia prison
Sofia prison
Sofia prison
Sofia prison
Sofia prison
Sofia prison
Sofia prison
Sofia prison

Photography: © Anthony Georgieff

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