Powerful photographs of the grand exteriors and crumbling interiors of America's abandoned state mental hospitals.
state mental hospitals.
Christopher Payne is a photographer and practicing architect in New York City and the author of New York's Forgotten Substations: The Power Behind the Subway. The late Oliver Sacks was a neurologist and the author of The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Awakenings, Musicophilia, and other books.
...Asylum is of enormous value, as a record of how such places looked in their final years. More than that, and despite its dismal subject matter, it makes for a remarkable and endlessly fascinating book, one that can be recommended with enthusiasm to both the architectural historian and the general reader.
-Times Literary Supplement Beautifully researched, exquisitely photographed and expertly composed and edited...Extraordinary.
-Frieze Astoundingly beautiful work on a subject that rarely gets the attention.
-Aaron Britt, Dwell The book will appeal to historians or scholars of material culture as well as to the medical personnel, photography lovers, and citizens familiar with the lore and lure of asylums.
-Jane Simonsen, The Annals of Iowa
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