luni, 18 octombrie 2010

It's fucked up and I enjoy it! Photographers III

Behind the Closed Doors of Mental Asylums

                                        Buffalo State Hospital, New York

Christopher Payne spent many years touring abandoned asylums across the United States to uncover the dark histories that lied within their decrepitating walls and gates. These facilities set up in rural areas, far away from the pressures of everyday life were mostly self-sufficient communities, with just about anything you can imagine, from a beauty salon to a bakery to a bowling alley – all run by the patients. These pictures are a brief glimpse of a profound and touching research which led to a highly acclaimed book called “Asylum : Inside the Closed World of State Mental Hospitals”.

* Christopher Payne - Asylum was chosen by the editors at Amazon as one of the Best 100 Books of 2009, and #2 in Arts and Photography.

     Chris Payne (b. 1968), a photographer based in New York City, specializes in the documentation of America’s vanishing architecture and industrial landscape. His first book, New York’s Forgotten Substations: The Power Behind the Subway (Princeton Architectural Press, 2002), offered dramatic, rare views of the behemoth machines that are hidden behind modest facades in New York City. His new book, Asylum: Inside the Closed World of State Mental Hospitals (MIT Press, 2009), which includes an essay by the renowned neurologist Oliver Sacks, is the result of a six-year exploration of America’s vast and largely abandoned state mental institutions.
    Trained as an architect, Payne is a graduate of Columbia University and the University of Pennsylvania. His interest in historic buildings and industrial architecture began shortly after college, when he documented cast iron bridges, grain elevators, and power plants for the Historic American Engineering Record of the National Park Service, and, later, produced measured drawings for New York University’s excavations at Aphrodisias, a Greco-Roman city in Turkey. He has been awarded grants by the Graham Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the New York Foundation for the Arts.


 Straightjacket, Logansport State Hospital, Indiana

Typical Ward, Buffalo State Hospital, New York 

Bathtub, Fairfield State Hospital, Connecticut 

 Bowling Shoes, Rockland State Hospital, New York

Beauty Salon, Trenton State Hospital, New Jersey 

Patient Suitcases, Bolivar State Hospital, Tennessee 

Electroencephalograph Machine, Clarinda State Hospital, Iowa 

Autopsy Theater, St. Elizabeth's Hospital, Washington, DC

Mead Buliding Lobby, Yankton State Hospital, South Dakota

Gurney, South Carolina State Hospital, South Carolina