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MALFORMED: FORGOTTEN BRAINS OF THE TEXAS STATE MENTAL HOSPITAL -- ADAM VOORHES. Alex Hannaford. PowerHouse Books, Brooklyn, 2014. Distributed by Random House, Inc., New York. 176 pp. with 95 col. ills. 27 x 20 cm. LC 2014-942942 ISBN 9781576877081 In English.
Publisher's description: Hidden away out of sight in a forgotten storage closet deep within the bowels of the University of Texas State Mental Hospital languished a forgotten, but unique and exceptional, collection of 100 extremely rare, malformed, or damaged human brains preserved in jars of formaldehyde. Decades later, in 2011, photographer Adam Voorhes discovered the brains and became obsessed with documenting them in close-up, high-resolution, large format photographs, revealing their oddities, textures, and otherworldly essence. Voorhes donned a respirator and chemical gloves, and began the painstaking process of photographing the collection. Desperate to know more about the provenance of the brains, Voorhes, together with journalist Alex Hannaford, traveled down the rabbit hole of the collection's history. Sifting through a century's worth of university documents, the truth-seekers discovered that rival universities had bitterly fought over the collection. But after winning the "Battle for the Brains" (against Harvard University among others) the University of Texas at Austin secured the collection.
Artist(s):Voorhes, Adam
Indexing: Western — United States — Post-2000 — Photography
Plans: 73,66
Worldwide Number: 162220
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