Tuesday, February 16, 2010

christopher payne photography

christopher payne is a photographer that focuses on america's vanishing architecture and industrial landscape. his new book, Asylum: Inside the Closed World of State Mental Hospitals, is the result of a six-year exploration of America’s vast and largely abandoned state mental institutions. to put it simply, CP takes pictures of forgotten, abandoned and neglected places. there is a certain stillness to his work and i find the images haunting. and awesome.
see more images here and purchase the book here.

{all images and information from christopher payne photography}


audrey 'business suit' johnson said...

We saw his stuff in a gallery in Santa Fe. His photos are GIANT...like, life-sized. Which makes them extra creepy and FANTASTIC...as if you could walk right in to one of those dilapidated asylum rooms. I tried to talk TPJ into buying at least 17, but he turned me down on all of them. Apparently one person's "awesome" is another person's "weird".

kristina said...

these are life-sized???? i'm so sad taylor said no.