Not the most politically correct title, but we’re sticking with it anyway.
The photos series American Asylums: Moral Architecture of the 19th Century is a passion of photographer Jeremy Harris and a sort of homage to Thomas Story Kirkbride, a physician and advocate for the mentally ill until his death in 1883.
Speaking with The Huffington Post, Harris explains that after visiting an ex-girlfriend on campus in Buffalo, New York his interest was peaked by an abandoned building, the former Buffalo State Lunatic Asylum. Once inside he set his mission towards photographing many of the United States’ abandoned asylums.
The series gives the viewer a glimpse into how these facilities were used and evokes a new sense of beauty, both in how the buildings have evolved with uninterrupted time and the progression of care for the mentally ill.
See the entire series and Harris’ online portfolio here.