Film and photographs

Sailing ships, stars, angels and executioners, The Mark of Cain chronicles the vanishing practice and language of Russian Criminal Tattoos. Captured in some of Russia’s most notorious prisons, including the fabled White Swan, the film traces the animus of the flowers of this carnal art by way of the brutality of it’s origins: the penitentiary and the criminal environment. Incisive interviews with prisoners, guards, and criminologists reveal the secret language of The Zone and The Code of Thieves of the vory v zakone. View trailer…


It is indisputable that Russia is one of the most dangerous places in the world to do journalism. Dozens of journalists have been killed in Russia over the past two decades just for trying to get at the truth, for trying to tell stories that will help Russians live their lives better, more honestly, with greater accountability.

This new bilingual book addresses the issue in a powerful way. It takes six cases of murdered Russian journalists and pairs photos of the murder sites with first-person accounts of the journalist’s work and life – from the people who knew and loved them. The result is an indelible image of hope amid catastrophe… of individuals’ belief in the power of words and truths to make a difference… of lives brutally cut short… of the incomprehensibly rich complexity of others’ lives – so separated from our own, and yet so jarringly close. Bilingual: Russian-English, Hardcover: synthetic leather over board, ISBN 978-0-9763009-6-0, 108pp, 6.25″ W x 9.25″ H


How much do criminal acts and their representation in cinema, literature and music really have in common? Is the execution of crime in everyday life as appealing or as inspired as creative artists have made it seem since, say, Arthur Conan Doyle’s Professor Moriarty? Does the film industry continue to learn from the real-life Mafia, or have the imaginings of scriptwriters had their own effect on organized crime? And what experience do these people who mold our perceptions of crime and criminals have of the real thing? This remarkable book is the first to explore our images of crime by interviewing those involved on, in and around all sides of the law, both real and fictional, and often somewhere in between. Through a series of exclusive interviews with artists, authors and actors such as Ben Affleck, David Cronenberg, Elmore Leonard, Viggo Mortensen, Ice-T, David Mamet and Takeshi Kitano, as well as real life bank robbers, gangsters and current prison inmates, editor Alix Lambert (artist, photographer of Russian prisoners’ tattoos and writer for HBO’s Deadwood) explores the gaps and overlaps between real crime and its representation in the arts, each commenting on and assessing the impact of the other. 978-0955006180, Hardcover, 352 pages, 6.3 x 1.8 x 8.9 inches

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Alix Lambert 3 Book Special

Includes: The Silencing, The Mark of Cain, and Crime

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Weight 55 oz
Dimensions 9.5 × 7.5 × 3 in