"Hysterical" women of the 1870s, humanity's weirdest collections, Kenya's wildlife, light festivals around the world, history's most extravagant funerals.
19th Century Women Institutionalized For “Hysteria”
History shows no shortage of misogyny justified with pseudoscience. But perhaps no example is more egregious than the 19th century notion that most any Western woman who didn’t behave as men thought she should could be diagnosed with “hysteria,” thought to be caused by a “wandering” womb and sometimes “cured” with forced genital massage to stimulate orgasm.
In the late 19th century, French doctor Dr. Jean-Martin Charcot made a famous study of some of the “hysterical” women at Paris’ Salpêtrière Hospital and photographed his subjects.
To the extent that any modern observer can discern, some of these photos seem to reveal women with legitimate mental illnesses (and not receiving great treatment for them), while others simply seem to reveal women who very well may have been hospitalized against their will for no good reason at all.
See more at Vintage Everyday.
Collections As Enormous As They Are Bizarre
Norwegian photographer Kristine Wathne is fascinated by people who collect weird things. Her new book, Mania, documents the bizarre and tchotchke-filled worlds of seven subjects she found online.
From those who hoard wedding dresses to those who hoard pens, see some of the strangest collections that Wathne has photographed at VICE.
Kenya’s Wildlife, In The Raw
Anup Shah spent about ten years teaching mathematical economics before he realized his heart wasn’t in it. Now, Shah wakes up to the Kenyan dawn to capture beautiful images of African wildlife, using remote cameras at 15 “outdoor studios.”
These studios are anywhere where Shah feels like the light is right and potential subjects will wander. And these studios yield results: Shah’s black-and-white portraits put viewers face-to-face with lions, leopards, and wildebeests, just to name a few.
For more of Shah’s photography, check out the rest of the photo series in The New York Times.