Abandoned Suitcases

Clarissa’s suitcase.

A great interview at Collectors Weekly with the photographer:

Crispin’s photographs restore a bit of dignity to the individuals who spent their lives within Willard’s walls. Curiously, the identities of these patients are still concealed by the state of New York, denied even to living relatives. Each suitcase offers a glimpse into the life of a unique individual, living in an era when those with mental disorders and disabilities were not only stigmatized but also isolated from society. All photos by Jon Crispin.

Frank’s suitcase included much military-related ephemera.

See previous post about this exhibit

via Abandoned Suitcases Reveal Private Lives of Insane Asylum Patients | Collectors Weekly.