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Face of Madness: Hugh W. Diamond and the Origin of Psychiatric Photography

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ISBN-13: 978-0876301326
ISBN-10: 0876301324
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 111 pages
  • Publisher: Brunner/Mazel (June 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0876301324
  • ISBN-13: 978-0876301326
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,324,011 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Leafing through a book of black-and-white still photographs of mental patients from 1850s asylums isn't usually the first thing I do on a sunny Sunday morning. But having seen the documentary movie Crumb, about the infamous counterculture artist R. Crumb, I had already glimpsed some of the photographs in Sander L. Gilman's stunning book, The Face of Madness. Insanely-additcting, Gilman's pictorial of snapshots takes the subject of the mentally-ill patients who came under the care of famed psychiatrist and photographer Hugh W. Diamond at Surrey County Asylum in the UK. It's a staggering collection of portrait photos that are moving and melancholy, that turns madness right on its head. According to the author, "Diamond used photography as a diagnostic tool in the evaluation of the physiognomy of insanity", a focus by a handful of scientists at the time. The Face of Madness reads more like a college thesis paper than a modern work of non-fiction, so be ready to exchange entertainment for enlightenment!
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By moongipsies on March 10, 2013
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I was referred to this book after watching a movie on the artist CRUMB. He was sketching faces as he saw them in this book... and wow! What a reference point it is. The photography is excellent. From a historical perspective as well... this is a very interesting book... and one I am intrigued by.
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great book
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