This work was first published as Earning A Token Of Self Respect in the Observer Magazine, pp.58-62, 15 October 1978. Writer: Alan Road.

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The Smoking Room

r/t: 4 min, 36 sec.

 

This story is about mental illness and the beginnings of 'care in the community'. In February 1978 I spent two weeks living in a psychiatric hospital, in a ward for long-term schizophrenics...

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TV documentary. 1969. Beautiful, Beautiful. BBC Omnibus about four photographers. At one point Davidson, who was working on East 100th St. (his book about Harlem) says: "I poise, not pose, people... People have an innate dignity and they will set themselves before the camera in a dignified way. And they will choose what they will give."