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Review â€œMatthew Christopherâ€™s photographic record of decay depicts the tragic truth: that something extraordinary has ended and that nothing like it may ever come back. Weâ€™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 weâ€™ve come to take for granted.â€ James Howard Kunstler, author of The Geography of Nowhere â€œThe places Christopher photographs tell their stories with silence and extraordinary light â€“ the spaces between the life and death of a building. His pictures make me feel like someone told me a secret.â€ Jane Derenowski, Reporter, NBC Nightly News â€œItâ€™s romantic, itâ€™s nostalgic, itâ€™s wistful, itâ€™s provocative. Itâ€™s about time, nature, mortality, disinvestment.â€ Joann Greco, The Atlantic Cities â€œThrough 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 Americaâ€™s national identity.â€ Joseph and Barrie Ann George, The Sentinel Read more From the Back Cover Throughout the ages, mankind has been fascinated by the ruins of previous societies. The desire to gain a greater understanding of our past has driven archaeologists, artists, and scholars from 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 Christopherâ€™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, Christopher 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, the work spans architectural treasures left to the elements and then all too often lost forever. Read more See all Editorial Reviews