There seems to be quite a bit of interest among photographers in visiting closed asylums. The New York Times has a short photo essay by Matt McDonough on abandoned psychiatric hospitals, along with links to photographs taken by Claudio Edinger and Christopher Payne. Unlike the photographer Slyv – who has also taken photographs of abandoned facilities and whose online exhibit was recently reviewed here by Carla Yanni – McDonough does not sneak into these sites. In addition, his curiosity leads him to ask questions about the former inhabitants as well as about the policies behind de-institutionalization. In light of Yanni’s comments, however, one can’t help but notice the idiom (both visual and textual) of the uncanny in these accounts, as terms like “haunted” and “creepy” occupy a prominent place in the descriptions.