Ward 81. Photographs by Mary Ellen Mark. Text by Karen Folger Jacobs. With an Introduction by Milos Forman. Designed by Arne Lewis. Fireside/Simon and Schuster, New York, 1979. 96 pp. Oblong quarto. First edition/first printing. SIGNED on half-title page. Stiff photo-illustrated wrappers. Black-and-white reproductions. Printed by Rapoport. |
A powerful and intimate portait of the life of women in a psychiatric ward in The Oregon State Hospital shot over a period of thirty-six days. Mark first visited the ward in 1975 when she documented the filming of director Milos Forman's Oscar-winning film, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. The photographs in this book show the women, who were considered dangerous to themselves and/or to others, both in their private hellish worlds and as they interact with each other or the photographer.
Near Fine+/Fine-; moderate edge wear.