Stroll Through Abandoned American Asylums

May 3, 2013 | Julia Dawidowicz

Since 2005, Brooklyn-based photographer Jeremy Harris has been exploring the eerie, fascinating world of deserted mental hospitals for his photo project, “The Architecture of Abandoned American Asylums.” Harris’ depiction of the oppressive, box-like structures of these supposedly therapeutic institutions is just as mesmerizing as his shots of the personal (and impersonal) possessions left behind by the patients — some of whom probably spent  most of their lives within the hospital walls.

Subtitled “The Moral Architecture of the Nineteenth Century,” the photo series is gorgeously haunting to say the least. Watch this new Mother Jones video to learn more about the project: