Thursday, November 7, 2013
Willard Asylum Suitcases
When the Willard Asylum for the Chronic Insane closed down in 1995, the staff found hundreds of unclaimed suitcases left behind by the patients that passed away over the years, that preserved the personalities of these humans in these unintended time capsules. These suitcases are now in the possession of New York State Museum, and the museum has given permission Jon Crispin to photograph the contents of the Willard Suitcases. The end product is a haunting collection of images portraying the men and women that were once living isolated lives within the walls of an insane asylum.