Dominic Harris


The Residents: Stories of Kingsley Hall, East London, 1965–1970
and the experimental community of RD Laing


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The Philadelphia Association leased Kingsley Hall, in Bromley-by-Bow, East London,
from 1965–1970 to house a large, live-in community of trained psychiatrists, helpers
and characters with varying psychoses. It was neither a hospital nor an asylum, and
if invited to stay, everyone became a resident and in theory equal.

The person at the centre of this radical experiment was the charismatic psychiatrist
RD Laing who had written the influential book The Divided Self in 1960 which aimed
"…to make madness, and the process of going mad, comprehensible".

This is a portrait of a community and their memory of people, time and place.





Feature by Sean O'Hagan in The Observer, Sept 2012.
Link to online article


Francis from The Residents featured on Saturday Live, BBC Radio 4,
Saturday 13th October 2012, 9–10.30am.

Link to interview.



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All photographs are available as editioned archival prints on baryta paper.