Photographer and University of Texas Medical Branch’s 2018 Visiting Osler Scholar, Jon Crispin will discuss some of his noted architectural documentary projects he has worked on in his extensive career in a special lecture at Menard Hall, 1605 33rd Street. Held on Wednesday, January 17 from 6 to 7 p.m., admission is free with RSVP at A reception will follow the presentation at the 1838 Menard House with complimentary wine and cheese.


“Over the course of my career as a photographer, I have divided my time between assignments, and projects which I initiated and for which I sought outside funding,” explains Crispin. “The first of these independent projects was a documentation of four abandoned New York State asylum buildings that was funded by the New York State Council on the Arts. Following that work, I spent a few years photographing late 19th and early 20th Century prison architecture in New York State. Subsequently, I documented New York State Fairground architecture, the living conditions of the rural poor in New York State, the architecture of Syracuse, NY, and several smaller projects including photos of the unrestored part of Ellis Island.”


Jon Crispin has been a full-time, self-employed photographer since 1974, dividing his time between regular freelance assignments and longer-term photo documentary projects. His regular clients include national publications, colleges and universities, and non-profit organizations. His documentary projects include exhibitions and publications on 19th century New York State insane asylums; 19th and early 20th century New York State prisons; the living conditions of rural New York State residents; New York State agriculture; county fairground architecture in New York State; the architecture of Syracuse, New York; food and nutrition programs for the needy, and the Erie Canal. Many of these projects were funded by The New York State Council on the Arts and by the New York State Museum. He has exhibited his photographs extensively in museums and galleries. In the past few years, Jon has photographed over 300 plywood panels from the Fulton Street viewing area at the New York City World Trade Center site, as well as over 100 panels from Liberty Island overlooking the same location. He is currently working on a documentation of suitcases left behind by patients at the Willard Asylum in Willard, NY. Jon has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Wittenberg University.

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