Asylum Payne, C.
Inside the closed world of state mental hospitals

MIT, Massachusetts , 2009
ISBN ISBN-13: 978-0-262-01349-9

Architect and photographer Christopher Payne visited abondoned state mental hospitals and documented their decay. His photographs offer a window on the history of these massive state-funded mental hospitals, built to warehouse the mentally ill, a feature of the american landscape for centuries. They emptied out in the 1970s and 80s, they now sit abandoned, keeping their secrets.
The book also contains an essay by Oliver Sacks

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