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Ward 81

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In 1975, photographer Mary Ellen Mark was assigned by The Pennsylvania Gazette to produce a story on the making of Milo Forman's film of Ken Kesey's 1962 novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, shot on location at the Oregon State Hospital, a mental institution. While on set, Mark met the women of Ward 81, the only locked hospital security ward for women in the state: the

Unknown Binding, 96 pages
Published January 1st 1979 by Fireside Books
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Being able to have had the experience of living on a womens' psychiatric ward myself, this book brought alot of good and bad memories back. The photpgraphy work is briliant, haunting and yet dettached and sometimes somewhat disturbing. The women of Ward 81
Apr 05, 2013 Earline rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, madness
I found that the written introduction to the photograph collection had more of an impact on me than the photos themselves. While I find the experience of living for 36 days in the woman's ward of the mental institution where One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest was filmed very interesting, I can't help but feel that the photographs are exploitative. There were a few photos in this collection that I thought were beautifully composed, while others left an impact merely out of shock value.. but I think ...more
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One of my favorite photography books by one of my favorite controversial photographers. I studied a lot of her work in college.
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Mary Ellen Mark, born 1940, has achieved worldwide visibility through her numerous books, exhibitions and editorial magazine work. She is a contributing photographer to The New Yorker and has published photo-essays and portraits in such publications as Life, New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, and Vanity Fair. For over four decades, she has travelled extensively to make pictures that reflect a ...more
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