Elinor Carucci featured in People Magazine's Human Interest section

MFA Photo/Video faculty member Elinor Carucci is featured in People Magazine's Human Interest section for her coverage of the Washington Corrections Center for Women in Gig Harbor, WA.

©Elinor Carucci for  People Magazine

©Elinor Carucci for People Magazine

The project follows women participating in the Parenting Residential Program, an organization that’s been in existence since 1999. PRR offers more than a dozen pregnant woman in the minimum-security facility at Gig Harbor the opportunity to keep their children with them until they’re released.

For all of those inmates, including Karen Garcia — who came to prison seven months into her pregnancy — the program has given them a “second chance” to get their lives back on track and raise their babies in a safe environment.

“This program has saved my life,” Garcia tells PEOPLE. “It’s made me into a mother I never could have been if I were out on the streets.”

Elinor Carucci (b. 1971, Jerusalem, Israel) draws inspiration from her personal life to create poignant images that present her most intimate moments, contemplating identity, relationships and the passage of time. Carucci’s work highlights both beautiful and imperfect aspects of the human condition. In this way, her work grapples with the balance of the personal and the universal.

Her photographs are included in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art New York, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Houston Museum of Fine Art, among others and her work appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Details, New York Magazine, W, Aperture, ARTnews and many more publications.