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I am photographing a collection of suitcases left behind by residents of the Willard Psychiatric Center in Willard, NY
I am photographing a collection of suitcases left behind by residents of the Willard Psychiatric Center in Willard, NY
674 backers pledged $18,114 to help bring this project to life.

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5 February, 2014

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Hello Old Friends,

I have just put up the second appeal to fund my work on the suitcases project.  Check it out here.   I am raising more funds in order to photograph the entire collection, including all the empty cases.  After the first round was successful, due largely to your support, I decided to continue with the project.  I have been shooting again since early last summer, and hope to finish by the end of 2014.  I would really appreciate it if you could help out again.  Thanks for your consideration and all the best.

Jon

10 July, 2013

Hi Backers,

I am back to shooting the cases.  Here is a link to my wordpress site where I have just posted photographs of Irma M's belongings.  I am so excited to be with the suitcases again.  It is such a unique and amazing collection.

I am still working on the willardsuitcases.com site and really hope to be done soon and there are other developments that I hope to speak about in the coming weeks.

All best for a great summer and thanks.

Jon

2 May, 2013

Hey Kickstarter backers.  I've been thinking of you.  There is a lot happening with the project, and I thought it was time for a quick update.  "The Changing Face of What is Normal" has just opened at the Exploratorium in San Francisco, and many of my photographs are used.  Here is a link to my wordpress post about it.

I can't remember if I mentioned the piece that was done in Slate, but here it is.

That story led to an invitation to be on NPR's Talk of the Nation.  Here is a link to the interview.  What fun!

I am still moving forward.  I hope to have willardsuitcases.com up and running in the next few weeks, and I am planning to print a series of postcards to help me continue to raise funds to resume photography of the suitcases.

I couldn't have done it without your support.  Thanks and all the best.

Jon

1 March, 2013

Here's something interesting.  Ari Shapiro from Talk of the Nation on NPR saw the Slate story and became interested in the project.  So it looks like I will be on the program talking about the suitcases on Monday, 4 March from 3.40 - 4.00 pm Eastern time.  As they always say, "check your local listings".  Very exciting.

I FedExed the final prints to the Exploratorium yesterday.  It is a great relief to have them on their way, and now I can't wait to see them in place.

One more huge thank you to all my backers.  You really made this project possible and I am so grateful.

Jon

25 February, 2013

Slate Magazine put up a very nice piece on the suitcases today.  Here's the link.  http://www.slate.com/blogs/behold/2013/02/25/jon_crispin_suitcases_from_the_willard_asylum_for_the_insane_photos.html

Many thanks to David Rosenberg for his interest in the project.

I spent most of the weekend printing for the Exploratorium exhibit and am very happy with the results.  And my great friend and mentor Alex Ross has printed eight 36" wide prints which are amazing.

All best and cheers.

Jon