A look into the abandoned Mental Asylums across America by Christopher Payne

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“Jail was preferable. There they only limited you physically. In a mental ward they tampered with your soul and worldview and mind.” – John Kennedy Toole

Chrispayne or Christopher Payne is a renowned American photographer who has won many awards and accolades for his photographic work’s including the grants from the Graham Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. His work has been featured in many top notch publications around the world and several times in special presentations by the New York Times Magazine.

Presenting to you about the much talked about the Christopher Payne‘s Asylum series ,which features a look inside at  America’s closed and abandoned mental asylums. It took Chris over 7 years to survey the vast and largely shuttered state of mental institutions in America. These institutions which range up to 250, were built in the mid 19th to early 20th century throughout the United States, housing up to over a half million patients. But with the introduction of psychotropic drugs in 70-80’s and the community based care policy, the population of the mental asylum patients declined dramatically, resulting in leaving all of the institutions abandoned.

 

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