Photographer Christopher Payne originally trained as an architect and has dedicated himself to the exploration of America’s industrial heritage. For the featured series Asylum, he conducted a seven-year survey of America’s state mental institutions. Although now largely neglected and fallen into disrepair, these structures functioned as symbols of civic pride, envisioned by the physicians of the time as sanctuaries of healing. Constructed between the mid-19th and early 20th centuries, the buildings were abandoned in later decades due to advances in psychiatric care and an increasing focus on community-based treatment. Payne’s photographs marvel at the palatial expanse and peculiarly ornate features of their collapsing interiors, most of which still carry unsettling traces of former patients. Many were designed by prominent architects, reflecting their grand scope – the few remaining examples leave a fascinating record of a self-contained world. www.chrispaynephoto.com.
Nostalgia for bare feet, Lumière Brothers Centre for Photography
Lumière Brothers Centre for Photography holds an exhibition of Antanas Sutkus’ Nostalgia for bare feet, featuring more than one hundred works, many of which have never been shown before.
The second edition of the Biennial of Photography in the Contemporary Arab World focuses on two countries in the Maghrib: Tunisia and Algeria.
Paul Strand, Fundación Mapfre, Madrid
The most comprehensive exhibition to explore the work of American artist Paul Strand (1890 – 1976) will be on display at Madrid’s Fundación Mapfre. Strand’s career spans six decades, from the 1910s to the 1960s, and the exhibit will take visitors through his life and work.