Malformed: Forgotten Brains of the Texas State Mental Hospital

Author(s): Adam Voorhes

anatomical & botanical curiosities

Hidden away in a storage closet deep within the bowels of Texas State Mental Hospital languished a forgotten but incredibly rare collection. A unique and exceptional assortment of extremely rare, malformed or damaged human brains preserved in jars of formaldehyde. Decades after they were hidden away, in 2013 photographer Adam Voorhes discovered the brains and became obsessed with documenting them.


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Fascinated by art and science, Adam Voorhes works in his Austin, Texas, photographic studio creating images that are sometimes childlike and often eerie. Collaborating with his wife and creative partner Robin, he is frequently commissioned by magazines such as "Details," "GQ," "Esquire," "O," "Wired," and "ESPN" among others. The team is known for solving difficult creative problems through intense brainstorming and executing challenging and abstract images with ease. They are both ferocious lovers of bulldogs. Born in London in 1974, Alex Hannaford has worked as a journalist and editor since he graduated in 1997. He was as a feature writer and commissioning editor on the "London Evening Standard" before going freelance in 2003; has taught journalism at Kingston University in the U.K. and authored a biography ("Last of the Rock Romantics") for Ebury Press, part of the Random House group. He has written for the "Sunday Telegraph" and "Sunday Times "magazines, "The Guardian, GQ, Esquire, The Atlantic," and the "Texas Observer." He has reported from West Africa, Hong Kong, Guantanamo Bay, and the U.S. and currently calls Texas home. In 2012 he was awarded a Dart fellowship at Columbia University's school of journalism.

General Fields

  • : 9781576877081
  • : powerHouse Books,U.S.
  • : powerHouse Books,U.S.
  • : November 2014
  • : November 2014
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Adam Voorhes
  • : Hardback
  • : Nov-14
  • : 176