Asylum: Inside the Closed World of State Mental Hospitals

12.01.2010 Misc
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Fotograf Christopher Payne hat einen Bildband über verlassene Klapsen am Start. Das Ding kommt mit einem Vorwort meines Lieblings-Neurologen Oliver Sachs und obiger OP ist schonmal sehr spooky, aber gleich kommt das Arkham Asylum und ich kann den Joker sowas von irre rumlachen hören. Und überhaupt: Hat sowas jemand außer mir? Einen Lieblings-Neurologen? Kannste mal sehen.

Architect and photographer Christopher Payne spent six years documenting the decay of state mental hospitals like these, visiting seventy institutions in thirty states. Through his lens we see splendid, palatial exteriors (some designed by such prominent architects as H. H. Richardson and Samuel Sloan) and crumbling interiors—chairs stacked against walls with peeling paint in a grand hallway; brightly colored toothbrushes still hanging on a rack; stacks of suitcases, never packed for the trip home.

Accompanying Payne's striking and powerful photographs is an essay by Oliver Sacks (who described his own experience working at a state mental hospital in his book Awakenings). Sacks pays tribute to Payne's photographs and to the lives once lived in these places, "where one could be both mad and safe."

Verlags-Seite zum Buch, hier ein Preview dort, viele der Bilder gibts auf der Seite von Christopher Payne, Amazon-Partnerlink: Asylum: Inside the Closed World of State Mental Hospitals (Gebundene Ausgabe) (via Ektopia)