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Abandoned America: Dismantling the Dream

Releases on September 15, 2016 through Carpet Bombing Culture

If the creation of a structure represents the values and ideals of a time, so too does its subsequent abandonment and eventual destruction. In Abandoned America: Dismantling the Dream, internationally acclaimed photographer Matthew Christopher continues his tour of the quiet catastrophes dotting American cities, examining the losses and failures that led these ruins to become forsaken by communities that once embraced them. From the heartbreaking story of a state school that would become home to one of the country's worst cases of fatal neglect and abuse to the shattered remains of what was once the largest mall in the United States, "Abandoned America: Dismantling the Dream" asks what leads us to leave places behind and what are the consequences of doing so.

Explore the magnificent remnants of the Victory Theatre in Massachusetts and the Variety Theatre in Cleveland as they fight for survival; the Catskill Game Farm in New York, the largest privately owned zoo in the United States, undone in part by a terrible secret; Long Beach, Connecticut - a beachfront community left for dead when the bridge to it burned; Taunton State Hospital in Massachusetts, a massive crumbling asylum with a dark past; the SS United States, a derelict ocean liner moored in Philadelphia that was the fastest passenger ship ever built; Vulture City in Arizona, a ghost town built around a gold mine that caused unimaginable bloodshed; Ohio's Randall Park Mall, a eerie relic of the days of the megamalls; Pittsburgh's Fort Pitt Casting Company, a steel foundry destroyed by escalating rivalries between management and labor; Schenley High School, once the most expensive public school ever built and closed over questionable safety concerns; Forest Haven, a haunting Maryland institution that gained a terrible reputation for killing its residents; the Lee Plaza Hotel in Detroit and the Fallside Inn in Niagara Falls, two hotels doomed by deteriorating economies in their surrounding communities; and Gary, Indiana, a city struggling to cope with 13,000 blighted properties left behind when the industries disappeared. Filled with exclusive material not found on the website and prefaced by a thoughtful foreword by Mysteries at the Museum host Don Wildman, Matthew Christopher's collection of photographs and essays chronicling these dangerous and hard to access sites force us to confront who we were, who we are, and who we wish to become.

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Abandoned America: The Age of Consequences

Released December 2014 through Jonglez Publishing

Originally conceived as an examination of the rise and fall of the defunct state hospital system, Philadelphia photographer Matthew Christopher’s award winning website 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. The locations presented are the monuments to America’s great ambition and crumbling future. They are the remnants of a nearly forgotten past. They are some of America’s last standing vestiges of our industrial age, the buildings that put our forefathers to work.

Now, broken and ruined, these places are documented in Christopher’s book, Abandoned America: The Age of Consequences. Exploring sites like the charred remains of the Hotel Do De, the rusted cells of the Essex County Jail Annex, the 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.

With 240 pages of beautiful photographs, a foreword by celebrated author James Howard Kunstler, and detailed historical background on each site, Abandoned America: The Age of Consequences is sure to captivate anyone with an interest in the modern ruins in our midst.

            Purchase a signed copy of "Abandoned America: The Age of Consequences"
            $40 USD + $7 S&H; includes 5x7 print of author's choice, postcard, and maybe other Abandoned America goodies
            Sorry, continental US orders only (outside continental US additional shipping may apply)
            Please note that orders may take up to four weeks to ship, although we do aim to have them out ASAP.

            Or purchase it through Amazon/Barnes & Noble/Powells/Indiebound/Booksamillion