Books and Publications - Forgotten Beauty Photography
Temple of the Gun


Kings of Madness

Once the third-largest mental hospital in New York, the Kings Park Psychiatric Center has been abandoned since 1996. This massive facility, once home to ten thousand patients, has become a haunt of the ghosts of history.

Photographer J.R. Washburn takes the reader into a place rarely seen by the average person - into the heart of this abandoned asylum. Walk down the dusty corridors and sit in the decay-ridden rooms that once housed the patients and staff of Kings Park. These clear, haunting photographs show the facility as it is today. They show how the historical structure has given way to time and vandalism - how the place has begun to decay without any effort to preserve it.

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Publications and Articles

Photographer's tour of Hilltop School stirs many memories

by Judi Curie

Article about the Hilltop School in Somersworth, NH featured on and the front page of the local print publication.

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Sensei's Easel: Jon Washburn

by Erik Fedorenchik

Feature on various aspects of my work along with an interview.

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