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Asylum: Inside the Closed World of State Mental Hospitals

Christopher Payne and Oliver Sacks


  • Hardcover
    $91.35
PUBLISHED: 30th September 2009
ISBN: 9780262013499
ANNOTATION:
Powerful photographs of the grand exteriors and crumbling interiors of America's abandoned state mental hospitals.
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  • Hardcover
    $91.35
PUBLISHED: 30th September 2009
ISBN: 9780262013499
ANNOTATION:
Powerful photographs of the grand exteriors and crumbling interiors of America's abandoned state mental hospitals.

Annotation

Powerful photographs of the grand exteriors and crumbling interiors of America's abandoned state mental hospitals.

Publisher Description

state mental hospitals.

Author Biography

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.

Review

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 Astoundingly beautiful work on a subject that rarely gets the attention.

-Aaron Britt, Dwell Beautifully researched, exquisitely photographed and expertly composed and edited...Extraordinary.

-Frieze ...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

Prizes

Winner of Winner, 2010 Ken Book Award presented by the National Alliance on Mental Illness of New York City Metro (NAMI-NYC Metro) 2010

Product Details

Author
Christopher Payne, Oliver Sacks
Short Title
ASYLUM
Language
English
Photographer
Christopher Payne
ISBN-10
0262013495
ISBN-13
9780262013499
Media
Book
Format
Hardcover
Illustrations
Yes
Year
2009
Publication Date
2009-09-30
Subtitle
Inside the Closed World of State Mental Hospitals
Country of Publication
United States
Pages
209
Publisher
MIT Press (MA)
Audience Age
18
Series
The MIT Press