Poignant photographs of belongings left behind at a New York mental hospital reveal the private lives of patients.

Photographer,  Jon Crispin came across several abandoned asylums, including the Willard Asylum for the Insane in the 1980s, and his various photography projects have documented these institutions for the New York State Council on the Arts. In 1995, workers discovered hundreds suitcases in a deserted building’s attic when the Willard shut down. The cases had been placed there for storage at some point between 1910 and the 1960s, each one taken from a newly arrived patient. In a project called the Willard Suitcases, Crispin spent years documenting these 400 suitcases left behind by former patients.

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