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Fifty Shrinks Hardcover – September 1, 2014
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Fifty Shrinks is a compendium of photographs and essays of psychoanalysts and psychotherapists in the most sacred of spaces, the private offices where they see their patients. Sebastian Zimmermann, a practicing psychiatrist and award-winning photographer, includes a wide array of practitioners from a multitude of backgrounds, orientations and subspecialties. His intimate portraits introduce the leading luminaries in the field as well as newly minted professionals pointing the way for the next generation. Zimmermann captures how the creation of the therapeutic space mirrors the wide spectrum of philosophies, persuasions and techniques used by his peers. This unique book offers a glimpse into the private interiors of psychotherapists and the inner workings of those healers who inhabit them. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Sebastian Zimmermann is a psychiatrist in private practice on Manhattan's Upper West Side and an award-winning photographer. His photographs have been featured in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, The Paris Review, Der Spiegel, L'Oeil de la Photographie and 20minutos. Excerpts of this book have been serialized in the Psychiatric Times. Sebastian was the subject of a television documentary on New York photographers for public television in his native Germany. Sebastian studied at the International Center for Photography and privately with Arlene Collins.
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June 6, 2014
This tantalizing book of photographs, depicting psychotherapists in their offices, emerged from the photographer-author’s awareness of a paradox: he spent long hours interacting with many clients, yet he felt as if he worked in isolation. He composed this unique volume in order to answer this question for himself: what do we, as psychotherapists and analysts, have in common beyond the treatment of clients? Curiosity, combined with the passion for photography, motivated Dr. Zimmermann to produce this enlightening, artistic volume.
As they pose in their respective offices, the “shrinks” provide a glimpse into their own psyches. The sampling includes psychotherapists from well to lesser known and captures them at different stages of their career.
The reader is invited into the sacred space, privy to the diversity of the minds that inhabit these rooms. Each psychotherapist aims to provide a comfortable and safe environment that supports the complex exploration of the psyche, relieves pain and suffering, and encourages psychological growth.
In her eloquent introduction, architect Elizabeth Danze writes, “I consider the role of the room neither tacit nor passive...but rather active in the creative work of analysis....No other type of architectural space performs in quite the same way. These rooms are detached floating vessels, places of sanctuary and protection, healing and reconciliation. They are shaped by space, material, texture, and light to elucidate the characters and stories that reside within.”
I highly recommend this enlightening book, which offers a glimpse into spaces that reflect the unique mind of each psychotherapist.
glad that I happened upon an article about this book. Really, an extraordinary job by this psychiatrist/photographer! Psychiatrists,
social workers, psychologists - all work in such an important field but also such a private world in many ways. What a wonderful
concept for a book to help those of us non-professionals get a little peak into that world and to understand a little more about how
important these people are.