Stories Linger in the Detritus of Abandoned Psychiatric Asylums
Brooks Angelini is a Fall River based photographer and artist. The asylums he photographs were shuttered in the 1970s after public outcry regarding practices like lobotomies, electroshock therapy, and forced confinement. Many of the buildings were left completely intact, like time capsules showcasing a mental health ideology gone by. Through his pictures, Angelini bears witness to the lives and struggles of the patients who were confined to these institutions.
You can find more photos of Angelini's work on Instagram. This piece came to us through our production partners at Atlantic Public Media through their media training program, The Transom Story Workshop in Woods Hole. Judah is a recent graduate from the workshop - you can find out more about the program at Transom.org.
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