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Curated by Laura Brown
New Yorkers spend most of their time on the subway either stressing over train delays or wondering why the dude manspreading next to them is wearing a velour jumpsuit and eating a full plate of spaghetti. Straphangers abroad have similar woes, but wi...
Death, dying, and decay are subjects that we just can't help loving. Perhaps it is our own mortality that makes these eerie topics so fascinating or maybe it is just the fact that we can be glad it is someone else who is dead and not us (yet). Regardless of the reasons here is another good old death-related list for your reading pleasure. Memento Mori (remember, you shall die).
In the abandoned roads of Antelope Valley, located in northern Los Angeles County, photographer Troy Paiva wanders amongst the ghosts of the American West, capturing theatrical moments within the quiet terrain. During the late August days, the weather is inhospitable to human bodies, reaching 100° Fahrenheit even in pouring rainstorms. Alone, the artist ventures into the …
For his series Phantom Shanghai, Canadian photographer Greg Girard points his lens to a city in a moment of significant change. For decades, Shanghai remained frozen in time, virtually unchanged. Then, almost overnight came a rush to modernize, set in motion by the booming Chinese metropolis Beijing. In an attempt to make up for lost time, entire neighborhoods were demolished, hundreds of thousands of residents displaced and a heritage suddenly erased.
For The Other Side of the Tower, Caracas-based photographer Alejandro Cegarra captures daily life in the unfinished Centro Financiero Confinanzas, or the Tower of David, a 45-story building that has been adapted into a vertical slum. Observable from all areas of the city, the concrete and glass tower has come to signify for some the unrealized hopes of the capital and the disappointment of its residents. While illegal inhabitants are often incorrectly labeled criminals and drug addicts, Cegarra
Connecticut-based photographer Rob Dobi is drawn to abandoned buildings by a suspended sense of mystery, preferring to know very little about each location before his visit. These modern American ruins tell stories, Dobi explains, and he strives to capture the chapters that others might leave out. Before wrapping shooting on any given building, he might visit numerous times, examining details that reveal themselves throughout different times of day, as the light sharpens his surroundings.
The communist ideology was centered around the idea of progress and industrialization, as ways to achieve an ideal society. The distinct architecture the regime has produced was meant to reflect both these values and also the power of the regime. Twenty-three years after the fall of communism, most of these architectural remains are falling apart. …
For Happy End, German photographer Dietmar Eckell scours the earth in search of forgotten plane wrecks, capturing the majestic vessels as they lie stranded amidst the deserted global landscape. Traversing the terra incognita of everywhere from the Australia to Mexico, Papua New Guinea to the Sahara, he has whacked bushes and navigated the open seas in search of abandoned aircrafts left behind from as long ago as seventy years.
Photographer Alicia Rius is based in the Netherlands. Her series, From the Back Seat of My Car, is a testament to her vision of viewing abandoned objects as ‘hidden treasures'. She writes: 'I did not plan this project. I never looked for cars, and in fact, I think they found me. I wanted to immortalize their beauty and turn the tin in something romantic.'
Peter Lippmann is an American-born photographer who has worked in Paris for over 25 years. He specializes in still life, advertising, magazine work, food, and trompe l’oeil. This work, Paradise Parking, offers 'a poetic look at the relationship between the creations of man and mother nature'. Lippman is represented by Gallery SophieMaree in Amsterdam.
Melbourne-based photographer Christian Pearson was given the unique commission to document a building before it was demolished. The location was an abandoned brothel, the unassuming exterior hardly betraying the strange and clandestine rooms within. Pearson's images are saturated with a bizarre juxtaposition of light and darkness, simultaneously colorful and treacherous. The glitz
Photographer Andrew Cowan set out to explore the abandoned world lining the throughfare of the Princes Highway in Sydney, Australia. Situated just south of the city, the highway acts as a major outer road passing the airport and winding out to the suburbs and beyond.
Navajo Nation is the United States’ largest Native American territory, and it is also one of the most violent. For the people living on the reservation, the artwork of Dr. Chip Thomas serves as a reminder of the beauty and fortitude that remains at the core of the community. Photographer Tom Fowlks captures the artist and practicing physician, who has served the Navajo population for over 26 years, as he perches upon one of his installations in the Painted Desert of Arizona: a blown up back and
For The House in the Woods, photographer Kai Fagerström captured magical communities of wild animals living in abandoned cottages surrounding his summer house in idyllic Suomusjärvi, Finland. After residents had moved or passed away, he noticed that the houses fell into disrepair, and amazingly, small paw-prints dotted the dusty interior surfaces. Through the broken windows and across the chipped walls, scurried foxes, red squirrels, owls, voles, and badgers, who had dug tunnels beneath a firepl
Last House Standing reads like a tribute to the forgotten solo row house, an "architectural quirk" as German born, Baltimore-based photographer Ben Marcin calls them. Shot around Baltimore, Philly and New Jersey, Marcin catalogs these solitary buildings that at one time weren't as lonely as they are now. Their placement in the urban landscape feels strange yet appealing, almost like portals to other dimensions—a case of when it stands alone, it stands out.
This group show proves photographer's fascination with the lonely and forgotten. We were overwhelmed with the number of submissions, receiving almost 600 images total from all over the globe. Will Ellis, photographer and curator of Abandoned NYC, had a hard time narrowing them down. We are pleased to present 50 photographs of the world's most abandoned spaces. Congratulations to Helena Krige, Alan Pittman and Tomasz Gotfryd, who will receive a one-year subscription to Squarespace, the innovative