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Haunting Portraits of Inmates at West Riding Pauper Lunatic Asylum, in Yorkshire, England 1869

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Portraits from a "lunatic asylum" Inmates at West Riding Asylum, in Yorkshire, England

Portraits from a
“lunatic asylum”
Inmates at West Riding Asylum, in Yorkshire, England

 

Every face tells a story. Every picture expresses what the photographer wanted to show their audience.

These potraits are of inmates at West Riding Asylum, in Yorkshire, England. Taken around 1869, the imagesĀ are captivating. Each face is life misunderstood. And shackled.

 

Portraits from a "lunatic asylum" Inmates at West Riding Asylum, in Yorkshire, England

Portraits from a "lunatic asylum" Inmates at West Riding Asylum, in Yorkshire, England

Portraits from a "lunatic asylum" Inmates at West Riding Asylum, in Yorkshire, England

Portraits from a "lunatic asylum" Inmates at West Riding Asylum, in Yorkshire, England

Portraits from a "lunatic asylum" Inmates at West Riding Asylum, in Yorkshire, England

Portraits from a
“lunatic asylum”
Inmates at West Riding Asylum, in Yorkshire, England

 

Portraits from a "lunatic asylum" Inmates at West Riding Asylum, in Yorkshire, England

 

Portraits from a "lunatic asylum" Inmates at West Riding Asylum, in Yorkshire, England
Portraits from a "lunatic asylum" Inmates at West Riding Asylum, in Yorkshire, England
Portraits from a "lunatic asylum" Inmates at West Riding Asylum, in Yorkshire, England
Portraits from a "lunatic asylum" Inmates at West Riding Asylum, in Yorkshire, England
Portraits from a "lunatic asylum" Inmates at West Riding Asylum, in Yorkshire, England
Portraits from a "lunatic asylum" Inmates at West Riding Asylum, in Yorkshire, England

 

 

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  • Liz Cooper

    Powerful images. Some of the men seem to be wearing the same clothing. Maybe the hospital had only limited “regular” clothes for the patients to wear.