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  • Hardcover
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  • Asylum Inside the Closed World of State Mental Hospitals
  • Christopher J. Payne
  • English
  • 12 April 2020
  • 9780262013499

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Free read È Asylum Inside the Closed World of State Mental Hospitals 100 Christopher J. Payne Ô 0 Read For than half the nation's history vast mental hospitals were a prominent feature of the American landscape From the mid nineteenth century to the early twentieth over 250 institutions for the insane were built throughout the United States; by 1948 they housed than a half million patients The blueprint for these hospitals was set by Pennsylvania hospital superintendent Thomas Story Kirkbride a central administration building flanked symmetrically by pavilions and surrounded by lavish grounds with pastoral vistas Kirkbride and others believed that well designed buildings and grounds a peacefu. I grew up in the shadow of Danvers State Hospital It closed the year of my high school graduation some in my circle of friends were prone to facetiously answering Danvers State when asked where they were attending college The place with its looming red brick Gothic architecture was a favorite clandestine meeting place of youth inclined to illegally imbibe or ghost hunt at midnight on weekends It has not an alluring place for me In truth I have only been to the grounds once while dropping off a classmate who lived in the newly constructed houses on the grounds The energy there is palpable and disturbing and haunted And sometimes I feel the hospital is haunting me in college a local artist developed a disturbing installation with artifacts gleaned from the halls such as an ancient wheelchair wrapped with barbed wire and I was forced to attend a curated tour for class credit At the library where I worked a co worker s husband developed a series of paintings of the buildings And now this book shows up in the mail eager for my inputPhotographer Christopher Payne captures the desolate beauty of over 100 abandoned mental hospitals in Asylum His arresting images serve as a metaphor for their former inhabitants a strong shell a lovely fa ade with shattered core According to the preface in 1948 1 in 263 people was housed in such institutions These complexes served as self sufficient communities for their fragile inmates who took in fresh air and sunshine in arched courtyard gardened milked butchered and prepared their meals practiced trades such as smithing and created art theater music and crafts between exercise work and recreation An excellent foreward by Dr Oliver Sacks gives a little background to the heyday of insane asylums and lends an air of authority to the work while Payne s introduction discusses details of the Kirkbride system A picture is worth a thousand words throughout and the images speak for themselves with captions detailing only subject hospital and location Each collection of photos is prefaced with a sparse introduction Images in color and black and white are loosely arranged by function sweeping from architecture to living uarters to recreational spaces to patient and institutional upkeep and concluding with cemeteries and crematoriums In addition to scanned memorabilia such as postcards the majority of book is comprised of stunningly composed interior and exterior images from at least 100 buildings carefully lit to evoke mood A lonely red office chair sits and waits at a window in patient ward where red brick is showing through the paint peeled restful aua and cheery lemon yellow walls An iron twin bedframe with a torn mattress looks like a jail cell than a bedroom Multicolored toothbrushes with yellowed bristles and a half sueezed tube of toothpaste have a sense of interruption and flight Shelves of leather suitcases and trunks in the Bolivar TN State attic indicate their owners never left Among the most notable photos are a starkly illuminated surgical room a collection of straitjackets and Medford MA State in autumn surrounded by skeletal trees wisps of leaves and grass intruding on cement walkways Payne successfully transforms the mundane items like stacks of chairs in a hallway and discarded athletic shoes in piles on the gymnasium floor are into provocative subjects inviting the viewer to contemplate not just their context but the lives of the people who walked the halls used the objects and found sanctuary in these placesThe photographs terminate on a powerful note a patient poem painted onto a basement wall at Augusta ME State inviting Some of the people who write the books and make the rules to spend just a few years walking in our shoes Payne s afterword discusses the stigma of putting together the book and his witnessing of the walls of Danvers State tumbling down as the grounds save for the preserved facade of the main building were dismantled for development I still shiver when I drive by it on Rte 95 Recommended for larger collections

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Asylum Inside the Closed World of State Mental Hospitals

Free read È Asylum Inside the Closed World of State Mental Hospitals 100 Christopher J. Payne Ô 0 Read L environment a regimen of fresh air and places for work exercise and cultural activities would heal mental illness But in the second half of the twentieth century after the introduction of psychotropic drugs and policy shifts toward community based care patient populations declined dramatically leaving many of these beautiful massive buildings and the patients who lived in them neglected and abandoned 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 s. Pictures paint a thousand words The photographs in this book are skillfully rendered and carefully chosen This is a large table top book Don t expect photos of abuse and neglect but some interesting history architecture mostly but also the evolution of asylums the sad results of the loss of the original caring ideals and amazing pictures of majestic buildings and haunting interiors Be sure to read the afterword as well as the introduction I learned things I never knew

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Free read È Asylum Inside the Closed World of State Mental Hospitals 100 Christopher J. Payne Ô 0 Read Plendid 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 saf. Payne s photographs will trigger so many thoughts and emotions Be preparedThe prologue and beginning essay explain the institution of mental health treatment in the 19th and early 20th century I was fascinated by the explanation of how the original meaning of asylum to mean a refuge was behind the use of the term to describe mental treatment facilities The use of moral treatment in dealing with the mentally ill was uniue to the time and reuired a certain type of physical environment The state mental hospitals that were created to facilitate such treatment were a world unto themselvesPayne has made an extensive study of the historic photographs from the hospitals He has also traveled extensively to photograph the ruins of the facilities that have been abandoned Oh my I was alternately chilled appalled amazed and awe struck These are truly evocative photographsWhat was the effect of the state mental hospital system Many thoughts come to mind after reading this book The creation of drugs to treat mental illness brought about an immense change in treatment but not in time for many people Oh and don t forget Walter Freeman shudderA very thought provoking book


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    Asylum Inside the Closed World of State Mental Hospitals epub – Christopher J. Payne Read from the book Patient poem on a basement wallAugusta State Hospital Augusta Maine If my heart could speak I'm sure it would say I w

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    Asylum Inside the Closed World of State Mental Hospitals epub – Christopher J. Payne Read I grew up in the shadow of Danvers State Hospital It closed the year of my high school graduation; some in my circle of friends were prone to facetiously answering Danvers State when asked where they were attending college The place with its looming red brick Gothic architecture was a favorite clandestine meeting place of youth inclined to i

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    Asylum Inside the Closed World of State Mental Hospitals epub – Christopher J. Payne Read characters Asylum Inside the Closed World of State Mental Hospitals I was gobsmacked by this book I don’t know what I was expecting when I reuested it but when it arrived I discovered a volume filled with beautiful photographs of crumbling asylums It is a form of photojournalism that tells of the majesty of asylums their architecture interiors landscaping and purpose As well it tells th

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    Asylum Inside the Closed World of State Mental Hospitals epub – Christopher J. Payne Read review ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ô Christopher J. Payne characters Asylum Inside the Closed World of State Mental Hospitals Beautiful and eerie collection of photographs of mostly abandoned state mental hospitals There are two informative essays by the photographer Christopher Payne and one by neurologist and author Oliver Sacks but in many ways the images speak for themselves Payne highlights the grand imposing edifices of these decaying institutions their grandeur making it possible to understand how a mental asylum was once considered a great coup for a comm

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    Asylum Inside the Closed World of State Mental Hospitals epub – Christopher J. Payne Read Pictures paint a thousand words The photographs in this book are skillfully rendered and carefully chosen This is a large table top book Don't expect photos of abuse and neglect but some interesting history; architecture mostly but also the evolution of asylums the sad results of the loss of the original caring ideals and amazing pictures of majestic buildings and haunting interiors Be sure to read the afterword as well as the int

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    Asylum Inside the Closed World of State Mental Hospitals epub – Christopher J. Payne Read Not what I was expecting Thought this would have been perhaps photos of things that we we're not allowed to normally see or of black and white photos of people who resided there rather it was a coffee table style book with pictures of the outside of run down buildings and crumbling insides Amazing photographs just not what the synopsis implied

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    characters Asylum Inside the Closed World of State Mental Hospitals Asylum Inside the Closed World of State Mental Hospitals epub – Christopher J. Payne Read The age of the state mental hospital has come and gone Many of these enormous edifices have already been razed to make way for develop

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    Asylum Inside the Closed World of State Mental Hospitals epub – Christopher J. Payne Read Christopher J. Payne Ô 0 Read characters Asylum Inside the Closed World of State Mental Hospitals Not what I was expecting This is like a coffee table book oversized and mostly pictures I love Oliver Sacks and

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    review ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ô Christopher J. Payne Asylum Inside the Closed World of State Mental Hospitals epub – Christopher J. Payne Read Payne's photographs will trigger so many thoughts and emotions Be preparedThe prologue and beginning essay explain the inst

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    Asylum Inside the Closed World of State Mental Hospitals epub – Christopher J. Payne Read Christopher J. Payne Ô 0 Read review ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ô Christopher J. Payne Overall as splendid as one could wish for in a single volume book of photography of abandoned mental hospitals The Internet showcases a variety of sites devoted to explorations of such hospitals and homes for the feeble minded as they were once known and while some sites are just grainy photos of kids mucking about in an abandone

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