The Ladd School


The Ladd School

Photographs, 35mm Slides

Unveiling the Unseen: Capturing Life's Canvas within Arcane Walls

Journey into a captivating visual tapestry, where the vibrant hues of color reversal film breathe life into the enigmatic world within an arcane institution of the modern era. Behold a collection of nearly one thousand evocative snapshots that weave a tale of human existence behind these mysterious walls.

Though the photographs remain shrouded in anonymity, their subjects transport us from historic milestones to the mundane with an immediate sense of recognition. Amidst the frames, a symphony of brilliance emerges, where moments frozen in time transcend their origins, becoming veritable works of art.

Marvel at the construction projects, the exhilaration of ground-breaking ceremonies, and the spirited revelry of Independence Day parades. Witness the exhilarating kite derbies and tranquil picnics that offer respite from the institution's everyday rhythm. Delight in the vibrant parties held on the wards, where residents, nurses, and matrons revel together, while soirees at the Superintendent's house embrace the refined elegance of the gentry.

Peer into candid snapshots of Dr. Ladd, an aged figure, alongside his youthful second wife, their stories etched upon their faces. Traverse through rare glimpses both inside and outside the institution's oldest edifices, immersing yourself in their historic significance. Celebrate the vibrant spirit of holidays, partake in joyous pageants, and indulge in the whimsy of carnivals that briefly transport the residents to a realm of enchantment. Observe Christmas trees adorning the dormitories, illuminating the hearts of those within.

Witness the unfolding drama of a gripping search for a missing child, each photograph a chapter in the pursuit of hope and resolution. Feel the warmth of a bonfire, its flickering flames uniting souls in shared moments of solace. Encounter the enigmatic figure adorned in a proud smile, clad in a white union suit and standing alongside a beloved cow. Experience the profound compassion of a clown, offering solace to a paraplegic man, capturing the transformative power of human connection. Immerse yourself in an entire series dedicated to these whimsical jesters, whose presence brings laughter and levity to the institution's halls.

Embark on this visual odyssey through our Facebook and Instagram pages, where these glimpses into an extraordinary world await your discovery.


 Collection Details

Over 1,000 full-color 35mm slides on Kodachrome, Ansochrome, and Ektachrome film.

1950s — 1980s
1,000+ slides, 2"x2"
Fair to Very Good, digitally restored
The Ladd School

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