Where Patients Once Sought Asylum

By Jennie Rothenberg Gritz
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The barbed wire fencing surrounding Matteawan State Hospital in Beacon, New York
Jennie Rothenberg-Gritz talks with photographer Christopher Payne about his new book, Asylum
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Patient suitcases in the ward attic of Bolivar State Hospital in Tennessee


Jennie Rothenberg-Gritz talks with photographer Christopher Payne about his new book, Asylum
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The patient ward of the Buffalo State Hopsital in New York
Jennie Rothenberg-Gritz talks with photographer Christopher Payne about his new book, Asylum
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The Buffalo State Hospital at night


Jennie Rothenberg-Gritz talks with photographer Christopher Payne about his new book, Asylum
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A patient bathtub at the Fairfield State Hospital in Connecticut
Jennie Rothenberg-Gritz talks with photographer Christopher Payne about his new book, Asylum
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Patient toothbrushes at Hudson River State Hospital in Poughkeepsie, New York
Jennie Rothenberg-Gritz talks with photographer Christopher Payne about his new book, Asylum
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A beauty salon at Trenton State Hospital in New Jersey
Jennie Rothenberg-Gritz talks with photographer Christopher Payne about his new book, Asylum
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Bowling shoes at Rockland State Hospital in New York
Jennie Rothenberg-Gritz talks with photographer Christopher Payne about his new book, Asylum
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An observation window in the door to a seclusion room at Middletown State Hospital in New York


Jennie Rothenberg-Gritz talks with photographer Christopher Payne about his new book, Asylum
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State records and files at Spring Grove State Hospital in Maryland
Jennie Rothenberg-Gritz talks with photographer Christopher Payne about his new book, Asylum
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The lobby of the Yankton State Hospital in South Dakota
Jennie Rothenberg-Gritz talks with photographer Christopher Payne about his new book, Asylum
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Peeling paint in a stairwell at Harlem Valley State Hospital in New York


Jennie Rothenberg-Gritz talks with photographer Christopher Payne about his new book, Asylum
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A straightjacket at the Logansport State Hospital in Indiana


Jennie Rothenberg-Gritz talks with photographer Christopher Payne about his new book, Asylum
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An autopsy room at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Washington, D.C.
Jennie Rothenberg-Gritz talks with photographer Christopher Payne about his new book, Asylum
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Unclaimed copper cremation urns at Oregon State Hospital
Jennie Rothenberg-Gritz talks with photographer Christopher Payne about his new book, Asylum
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A cemetery at Connecticut Valley State Hospital
Jennie Rothenberg-Gritz talks with photographer Christopher Payne about his new book, Asylum

This article available online at:

http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2010/03/where-patients-once-sought-asylum/37124/