(SOLD): DEPARDON, Raymond. Manicomio.
(Gottingen): Steidl, 2013. First edition. Oblong quarto. Unpaginated. An arresting body of work depicting the inside of Italian asylums from 1977-1981 during and after the law of 1978 that closed all asylums.
The work is a document of various asylums around Italy, including San Servolo, an island off the coast of Venice which housed a Benedictine monastery before being converted into a mental health facility in the 18th century. Depardon photographed this facility, and more or less had free reign to enter and photograph at will in several other asylums while they were in the process of shutting down. He encountered conditions as you might expect: overcrowded, rundown, at least one patient locked in a cage for his own safety. A dark and disturbing work. A near copy in limp boards. This example inscribed by the photographer on the front paper.