jeremy harris: the architecture of abandoned american asylums
 
jeremy harris: the architecture of abandoned american asylums jeremy harris: the architecture of abandoned american asylums
may 03, 2013

jeremy harris: the architecture of abandoned american asylums

‘the architecture of abandoned american insane asylums’ photographed by jeremy harris

 

 

‘american asylums’ by photographer jeremy harris takes a look at the derelict architecture of abandoned mental hospitals,a project that commenced in 2005. the series highlights the magnificent structures that were built as a form of therapy – serving as a reminder of the thousands of individuals who lived in these places, some for the majority of their lives. scattered around the east coast and new england, the therapy sites have often been ignored, forgotten, or destroyed – lost as an important part of american history. many of the hospitals captured in photographs over the years are now gone.

 

 

the project highlights the magnificent structures that were built as a form of therapyimage © jeremy harris

 

 

scattered around the east coast and new england, the therapy sites have often been ignored, forgotten, or destroyedimage © jeremy harris

 

 

the photographs take a look at the derelict architecture of abandoned american insane asylumsimage © jeremy harris

 

 

rust and cracking paint contaminate the once fully functioning dormimage © jeremy harris

 

patient toothbrushesimage © jeremy harris

‘slow motion’image © jeremy harris

 

 

cracking paintimage © jeremy harris

 

 

the rooms were abandoned – some left with the original contentsimage © jeremy harris

 

 

image © jeremy harris

 

 

patient equipmentimage © jeremy harris

 

 

door-viewersimage © jeremy harris

 

 

auditoriumimage © jeremy harris

 

 

bowling alleyimage © jeremy harris

 

 


ghosts of the asylums
video courtesy motherjones

 

[h/t gizmodo]

  • what a powerful, but sad, group of images this is

    raymondo says:
  • Beautiful and shocking.

    atelier argos says:
  • My sister lived in one of those in Greece. So many memories, so many regrets.

    John Iris says:
  • I live in Italy, my father was a psychiatric Doctor, Bruno Bizzi 1921-1990. Director of Psychiatric Hospital ” Luigi Lolli ” in Imola. One of the most ancient Psychiatri Hospital in Itlay. So this photo are so fantastic , reality like in italy. I have a lot of this photo from this hospital. A lot of true story. My father was a scienziato. I am pleasure to write of this story.

    paola bizzi says:
  • I feel absolutely compelled to ask why so many of these Mental Hospitals that thousands suffered unspeakable crimes angainst humanity, are still standing? They should be washed down with holy water, blessed by every holy person, and burnt into ash! These aren’t photo ops, these are homemade concentration camps! Of course lost souls are stuck there, of course evil is there, evil was always there, even the cemeteries on the grounds, are marked with only numbers, to protect the families, of putting their loved ones in such houses of horror, I can’t imagine one day, let alone years, and years, of what these patients, many not mentally Ill at all, just not socially accepted! Many had prisoners running wards, if any of these Hospitals are owned by the state they’re in, it should be taken to a vote, by the people, to set free to God or Devil , to burn to the ground, and memorials to be standing in memory of the atrocities, that knowingly took place there, not golf courses and shopping centers ,to me is that the horror of the Holocaust and the millions that died will be remembered and past down in History books, but the concentration camps here, made and run by Americans are all but forgotten!

    Diane Bochan says:

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