Admissions Ward

Flavia Schuster


Schuster set up an ad hoc portrait studio inside a shabby shed in the gardens of a neuropsychiatric hospital, inviting the “mad ones” to come in and pose without the gaze of doctors, nurses, and security guards. She used mirrored glass on her camera lens, allowing the sitters to literally look at themselves while she photographed. The resulting series depicts men, often overlooked by society, looking at themselves.