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"Matthew Christopher's photographic record of decay depicts the tragic truth: that something extraordinary has ended and that nothing like it may ever come back. We're now going in the other direction despite a lot of wishful thinking: toward a loss of complexity, a reduction in the scale of activity, a loss of artistry, and probably the end of many comforts, conveniences and amenities we've come to take for granted." James Howard Kunstler, author of The Geography of Nowhere. "The places Christopher photographs tell their stories with silence and extraordinary light the spaces between the life and death of a building. His pictures make me feel like someone told me a secret." Jane Derenowski, Reporter, NBC Nightly News. "It's romantic, it's nostalgic, it's wistful, it's provocative. It's about time, nature, mortality, disinvestment." Joann Greco, The Atlantic Cities. "Through his photographs, Christopher makes a powerful statement about job loss, urban blight and historic preservation. In light of the collapse of American industry and the subsequent economic meltdown, the relevance of these topics has never been more important to the examination of America's national identity." Joseph and Barrie Ann George, The Sentinel. --Various

Présentation de l'éditeur

Throughout the ages, mankind has been fascinated with the ruins of previous societies. The desire to gain a greater understanding of our past has driven archaeologists, artists and scholars across the world to study the vestiges of lifestyles that have vanished in an attempt to capture their mystique and beauty. Originally intended as an examination of the rise and fall of the state hospital system, Matthew Christopher's Abandoned America rapidly grew to encompass derelict factories and industrial sites, schools, churches, power plants, hospitals, prisons, military installations, hotels, resorts, homes, and more. Through his collection of writing and photography, Matthew has spent the last decade documenting the ruins of one of the greatest civilizations the world has ever known: our own. Exploring sites like the charred remains of the Hotel Do De, the rusted cells of the Essex County Jail Annex, the sublime majesty of the Church of the Transfiguration, or the eerie and dilapidated remnants of the New Castle Elks Lodge, Christopher's work spans architectural treasures left to the elements and then all too often lost forever.

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Trés bon livre, bien organisé, avec des textes intéressants .
Des photogtraphies qui font réfléchir .
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 This isn't just a book. It's an experience. 12 décembre 2014
Par C. Peters - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
What this book is not:

*A coffee table book that will never be opened, that'll make you look smart or artsy just by leaving it out;
*"Just a book of pictures";
*Something you can read in one sitting, no matter how voracious of a reader you are.
*"Ruin Porn".

What this book IS:


As someone who has visited the Abandoned America website and followed on Facebook for years, I can't even begin to describe to you the difference between seeing the pictures on a monitor (and I have a great monitor), vs. physically holding this book and going through the images. (With that said, I couldn't imagine looking at this on a Kindle. You need this physical presence in your hands. This isn't something you swipe a finger over to go to the next page.)

You can open this book 100 times and see 100 things you missed the first time.

But it's the narratives you need to read. From the scholarly foreword to the author's remarks and thoughts of each location that set him apart from the "UrbEx" crowd--this is an educated, deep-thinking man who put as much of himself into this book, and it's through his eyes that you view these photographs.

The quality of the construction of the book is on par for a piece of art such as this, too; more than once, I've brushed my thumb and forefinger together making sure two pages aren't "sticking"; they're not. It's heavy-duty, quality paper. There are no blurred images, and for the first time in forever, it's a book with no typos. The editing was on point. EVERYTHING was on point.

Would I recommend to a friend? I'd recommend to a friend, enemy and everyone in between. I look forward to a sequel.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Fantastic Content; Presentation Resembles a Text Book That Has Been Discarded Into a Students’ Locker... 26 décembre 2014
Par LeTU MBA - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
This book is completely apropos for coffee table display in your finest living rooms!

The subject matter contained in this book underscores the value that our society places upon buildings; functional today, decaying beyond repair tomorrow.

The author displays properties in their current state and offers a succinct description of what the building was used for and how it may have began to become a statistic of urban decay. The images are astonishing and they provoke one's imagination to recreate what the place looked like at during it's most utilized time.

Unfortunately, when I opened the book from the cardboard mailer, it is damaged quite well near the spine. From examining the cardboard mailer, it appears that when the carton is processed, it is then dropped somehow with enough force to cause this damage. Based upon this experience, I assign only 1 Star to Amazon for their lack of attention to detail on how the book is dispatched.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 In the world of photoshop and everything at this point (for the most part) being captured in some book or another -- THIS BOOK i 16 juin 2016
Par Tenniskill - Publié sur
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There are not too many books that blow my mind. In the world of photoshop and everything at this point (for the most part) being captured in some book or another -- THIS BOOK is such a great enigma! Not only is the hard back cover thick and give you a sense of the detail and concern that only quality things of the past adhere to but inside you get a rich display of Matthew Christopher's mind blowing ability to capture the rustic in all venues before they finally are put to rest forever. This type of photography is the most captivating. Within this book you NEVER get the sensation of images being distorted with photoshop. I got the sense that I was right there beside the photographer to witness what he was capturing that time seems to let go of. If this book sold for $300 I would still pursue buying it. A price like this - to see such amazing images - is one helluva bargain,. Thank you Matthew for sharing the best of what exists in photography! Love this book!!!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Achingly beautiful photography, lyrical writing. 27 novembre 2014
Par AMP - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
As a fan of Matthew Christopher's work, I've been waiting a long time for this book. It doesn't disappoint. These vivid, frozen echoes of a hidden American history are never less than inspiring. His stunning photography and thoughtful accompanying prose come together to create a book that is by turns romantic, melancholy, passionate, meditative, yearning, reverent, and always lovely. A gem.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great book! 28 novembre 2014
Par Jamie Melton - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
The book is far more than I expected. The photographs in the book are nicely done. I have seen most of the photographs on Facebook prior to the books release. However the photographs on Facebook did not have the stories about the places pictured. The book includes the stories behind the places. I do wish the text were bigger in the book. I also wish the book was available in digital format so that I can enjoy it wherever I am via my phone or tablet. Additionally I have really enjoyed communicating with the author via Facebook. He is quick to respond to questions and comments.
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