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Below are scanned pages written by a man named Rudy from inside Valley State Prison, California. The conversation started with a complement about his shoes. He replied, "Man, every pair of shoes in prison has got a story." I begged him to go on, so he did. His story was so touching, I had to share it with the world and it inspired me to shoot this series of other inmates' shoes on location in Pelican Bay State Prison, California.

What story would your shoes tell?

© 2019 by Tom Kubik