Jon Crispin's Notebook

American Society of Picture Professionals

Posted in Asylums, Published work, Willard Asylum, Willard Suitcases by joncrispin on 04/04/2013

In March I was contacted by Jain Lemos from the ASPP.

She had seen the Salon piece on the suitcases just as she was putting the finishing touches on the latest issue of their quarterly magazine.  Jain knew that it would be very last minute, but we managed to select images and I wrote 400 words about the project.  I loved her idea of featuring the preservation of the suitcases and contents, especially how the New York State Museum spent so much time and care on the cataloging and conservation aspect.  Yesterday I received a few copies directly from the printer and the story looks great.  They used a cropped shot of the glycerine bottle on the contents page, and as you can see above, eight shots were used in the spread.  The magazine is available only to members, but the story should be up online in a month or so.  It is a really great organization and not just for photographers; many members are picture editors and others who work directly with images in other ways.  If you work with images in any way, it might be a good idea to check them out.

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  1. Photobooth Journal said, on 04/04/2013 at 4:54 pm

    Congratulations, Jon. Looks like they did a fabulous job. I am sure you will let us know when we can see it online?

  2. Kilian Metcalf said, on 04/04/2013 at 11:08 pm

    I see a book in your future. The interest in this project just keeps growing and growing.

  3. B Swinney said, on 12/04/2013 at 5:28 pm

    This is great. What is the “online” site that will be available? I have really enjoyed all the information on this project and will continue to follow. I would also love to see all this in book form. This project has given dignity to those that have possibly been forgotten. Thank you for the update.

  4. Maureen Pulignano said, on 16/04/2013 at 12:40 am

    Hi Jon, I found this on Garrison Keilor’s Writer’s Almanac for April 15th and thought it may interest you.

    • Maureen Pulignano said, on 16/04/2013 at 12:40 am

      Oops! It helps to add the quote:
      It’s the birthday of humorist and biographer Morris Bishop (books by this author), born in Willard, New York (1893). His dad was a doctor, and Morris Bishop was born at the Willard State Hospital for the Insane, where his father and grandfather worked.

  5. Maureen Pulignano said, on 16/04/2013 at 12:48 am

    Oh, it is getting late! Here is the rest of the article:

    He studied Romance languages at Cornell and then became a full-time professor there, and he stayed at Cornell for the rest of his career. He was a brilliant scholar, fluent in German, Swedish, French, Spanish, Latin, and modern Greek. He wrote biographies of Pascal, Champlain, La Rochefoucauld, Petrarch, and St. Francis. But we remember him best as the author of light verse, such as this:
    I lately lost a preposition:
    It hid, I thought, beneath my chair.
    And angrily I cried: “Perdition!
    Up from out of in under there!”
    Correctness is my vade mecum,
    And straggling phrases I abhor;
    And yet I wondered: “What should he come
    Up from out of in under for?”


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