Christopher Payne : the nut house

Posted on December 9, 2013 by




Christopher Payne (n. 1968) este un fotograf din NYC care se concentrează în lucrările sale pe arhitectura în curs de a fi distrusă și peisaje industriale, cum avem și noi în mai toate fabricile comuniste bătute de vânt și lăsate în paragină. Are pregătire de arhitect, deci așa trebuie să înțelegem interesul său specific. Iată scurta prezentare de pe site-ul său:


Trained as an architect, he has a natural interest in how things are purposefully designed and constructed, and how they work. His first book, New York’s Forgotten Substations: The Power Behind the Subway (Princeton Architectural Press, 2002), offered dramatic, rare views of the behemoth machines that are hidden behind modest facades in New York City. His latest book, Asylum: Inside the Closed World of State Mental Hospitals (MIT Press, 2009), which includes an essay by the renowned neurologist Oliver Sacks, is the result of a seven-year exploration of America’s vast and largely abandoned state mental institutions.

Payne’ s interest in historic buildings and industrial architecture began shortly after college, when he documented cast iron bridges, grain elevators, and power plants for the Historic American Engineering Record of the National Park Service, and, later, produced measured drawings for New York University’s excavations at Aphrodisias, a Greco-Roman city in Turkey. Whether the site was 50 or 2000 years old, he realized how quickly buildings, places, and people can be forgotten.

For all his personal work, Payne uses a large format view camera because it records a wealth of detail and information—more than the human eye can comprehend. When printed at large scale, the photographs become almost inhabitable, conveying the beauty and significance of places most people do not have the opportunity to see firsthand.

Eu mărturisesc că l-am găsit încercând să dau de ceva mai mult decât ce face el în ciclul de fotografii ASYLUM. Voiam fotografii cu oameni internați în spitale de boli nervoase. Încă sper că s-o fi gândit cineva și la ei și nu doar la dezolarea încăperilor în care sunt puși (corăbii moderne ale nebunilor). Dar până una alta, adică, până găsesc niscai nebuni fotografiați decent merg și acestea:

Straightjacket, Logansport State Hospital, Indiana:


Hall with Chairs, Taunton State Hospital, Massachusetts:


Typical Ward, Buffalo State Hospital, New York:


Linen Closets, Traverse City State Hospital, Michigan:


Stairwell, Harlem Valley State Hospital, New York:


Patient Suitcases, Bolivar State Hospital, Tennessee:


File Boxes, Spring Grove State Hospital, Maryland:


Slaughterhouse, Broughton State Hospital, North Carolina:


Patient Dresses, Clarinda State Hospital, Iowa:


Beauty Salon, Trenton State Hospital, New Jersey:


Theater, Connecticut Valley State Hospital, Connecticut:


Unclaimed Cremation Urns, Oregon State Hospital, Oregon:


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