Malformed: Brains from the Texas State Mental Hospital Hidden away out of sight in a forgotten storage closet deep within the bowels of the University of Texas languished a forgotten–but extraordinarily unusual–collection of approximately 100 human brains preserved in jars of formaldehyde...many of them malformed or otherwise abnormal in some fashion. In 2011, while on assignment for Scientific American photographing a normal human brain, Adam discovered the collection at the university and became obsessed with documenting them to reveal their oddities, textures, and otherworldly essence. Over 3 days Adam, Robin and good friend Bill Sallans donned respirators and chemical gloves, and began the painstaking process of photographing the collection. Desperate to know more about the provenance of the specimens, Adam, together with journalist Alex Hannaford, traveled down the rabbit hole of the collection's history. Sifting through a century's worth of documents, they discovered that rival universities had bitterly fought over the collection. But after winning the "Battle for the Brains" (against Harvard University amongst others) the University of Texas at Austin–due to budget constraints, time and other circumstances–let the brains sit forgotten collecting dust and succumb to neglect. When Adam finally discovered the collection, what had once been an acquisition of over 200 incredibly rare specimens, was whittled down to just over 100. Though Adam and Alex’s sleuthing never revealed the fate of the lost brains, the result of their efforts has been a revived interest in the collection with various science journals publishing writings and research about the brains. And the university is now creating MRI scans of the specimens and intends to showcase them at its new medical school. Adam's collection of images and Alex's essay have been turned into a book being published by Powerhouse Books available for purchase from their online store.