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CURRENT AND FUTURE EVENTS

• June 9, 2016: Rock Ford Foundation (Lancaster, PA), Presentation/book signing. 5:00 PM. Free to members, $5 for nonmembers, open to public.

Publications

"Abandoned America: Dismantling the Dream", Carpet Bombing Culture, 2016.
"Abandoned America: The Age of Consequences", JonGlez Publishing, 2014.


Press

• The Atlantic, "Reimagining Abandoned Schools." Jacoba Urist, December 2, 2015
• Daily Mail, "Photographer captures eerie images of derelict homes across America that were inexplicably left to rot." Jennifer Newton, November 4, 2015.
• ABC News, "Abandoned America: Everything Left Behind." October 25, 2015
• Juxtapoz Magazine, "Photographing Abandoned Histories." Canbra Hodson, September 14, 2015
• KCUR Radio, "Abandoned America." Steve Kraske, July 16, 2015.
• Juxtapoz Art & Culture Magazine, “Exploring Abandoned America.” Canbra Hodson, July 15, 2015
• Apogee Photo Magazine, "Abandoned America: The Age of Consequences (book review)." Noella Ballenger, July, 2015.
• Untapped Cities, "An Abandoned America Tour of the Deserted New Jersey Essex County Jail Annex." Jinwoo Chong, June 16, 2015.
• Art Eyewitness, "Abandoned America by Matthew Christopher." Ed Voves, June 6, 2015.
• The Mirror, "Inside Holmesburg Prison: Eerie pictures reveal demise of deserted jail which closed 20 years ago." Jack Williams, April 21, 2015.
• The Mercury News, "Abandoned building photographer to visit Perk Valley High School." Eric Devlin, April 7, 2015.
• Hidden City Philadelphia, “Surveying the Damage With Abandoned America: The Age of Consequences.” Michael Bixler, March 25, 2015
• The L.A.Times, “Matthew Christopher puts America’s abandoned buildings in sharp focus.” Liesl Bradner, January 17, 2015
• Business Insider, “Hershey’s Abandoned Chocolate Factory is in Ruins.” Hayley Peterson, January 14, 2015
• Newsworks, “Abandoned America website speawns book on crumbling beauties.” Peter Crimmins, December 30, 2014
• The Patriot News, “’Abandoned America’ photographer to attend Midtown Scholar book signing.” Sean Adams, December 12, 2014
• C-SPAN, “Book Discussion on Abandoned America.” December 11, 2014
• BBC, “Abandoned America: Amazing photos of a nation’s ruins.” Fiona McDonald. December 8, 2014
• Lebanon Daily News, "Mount Gretna native releases abandoned spaces photography book." Andrea Gillhoolley, December 8, 2014.
• Yahoo Travel, “Forever Vacant - Haunting Photos of Abandoned Hotels.” Brittany Cooper Jones, November 26, 2014
• Buzzfeed, “Photographer Captures The Haunting Beauty Of Abandoned Hotels.” Richard James, November 26, 2014
• New York Daily News, “An Eerie Look At America’s Abandoned Hotels.” November 25, 2014
• Beautiful Decay, “Matthew Christopher Documents Forgotten Spaces In Abandoned America.” Leslie Tane, November 19, 2014
• E&T Engineering and Technology Magazine, "Abandoned America: The Age of Consequences (book review)." Mark Williamson, November 10, 2014.
• Country Living, “Sites We Love: Abandoned America.” Lauren Matthews, November 5, 2014.
• Daily Mail, “Rust in peace: Photographer captures the demise of America’s crumbling factory towns.” Darren Boyle, October 1, 2014
• NBC10, "Photographer Captures Abandoned Philly Churches." Leigh Anne Tiffany, August 25, 2014
• MassLive, “Abandoned America’ photographers to conduct workshop at Holyoke’s Victory Theater.” Mary Serreze, August 9, 2014
• Philadelphia Inquirer, “Photographer shows beauty in abandoned buildings.” Casey Fabris, August 5, 2014
• Daily Mail. "Philadelphia's crumbling churches: Photographer has used his beautiful pictures of abandoned buildings to raise over $45,000 for restoration projects." July 9, 2014.
• The Weather Channel. "Creepy Photos of an Abandoned Prison." Camille Mann, June 23, 2014.
• The Catholic Sun. “Photographer captures final stages of churches, factories.” Lou Baldwin, December 31, 2013
• WHYY Friday Arts, “The Beauty of Decay: Abandoned America.” Michael O’Reilly, October 2013
• Daily Mail, “Doing time: The crumbling prisons that once housed America’s toughest criminals that have now been left to rot themselves.” Simon Tomlinson, September 18, 2013
• The Huffington Post, “Abandoned America: Matthew Christopher Photographs Derelict Spots Across the Country.” June 19, 2013
• Le Nouvel Observateur, “L’Amérique à l’abandon.” Cyril Bonnet, June 18, 2013
• Metro UK, “Abandoned America pictures capture derelict buildings across the US.” Nadia Gilani, June 13, 2013
• Daily Mail, “Abandoned America: Haunting images of the crumbling schools, decaying churches and rusting prisons that have been lost to time.” Simon Tomlinson, June 13, 2013
• NPR’s Marketplace, “Abandoned buildings get starring role in social media.” Gigi Douban, May 8, 2013
• PhillyMag, “Don’t Call It ‘Ruin Porn’: Amazing Photos of the SS United States.” Sharon Rooney, April 30, 2013
• The Carlisle Sentinel, “‘Age of Consequences’ visually, socially significant.” Joseph and Barrie Ann George, April 24, 2013
• Voices of Leadership, “Matthew Christopher’s Abandoned America.” Linda Lombardo, April 23, 2013
• Lebanon Daily News, “Photographer of abandoned spaces to show work in Lebanon.” April 4, 2013
• NBC Nightly News, “Abandoned America: One photographer’s quest to document the beauty in old buildings.” Jane Derenowski, September 28, 2012
• Archaeology & Material Culture, “The Politics and Archaeology of Ruin Porn.” Paul Mullins, August 19, 2012
• National Trust for Historic Preservation, “Incredible Panoramas of Abandoned Places.” David Garber, April 19, 2012
• Cyborgology, “The Atemporality of “Ruin Porn”.” Sarah Wanenchak, January 20, 2012
• The Atlantic Cities, “The Psychology of Ruin Porn.” Joann Greco, January 6, 2012
• Talk In New York, “OK Harris Shows Elke Albrecht, Richard Hanson, Bruce Thurman, Ken Morgan, Matthew Murray.” January 16, 2011
• Community View, “Matthew Murray’s Abandoned America.” Front Cover. December 2010
• The Pitt News, “Asylum Photos at Pitt.” Gretchen Anderson, September 9, 2010
• The Carlisle Sentinel, “Photographer Shares Abandoned America.” Lisa Clarke, January 10, 2010
• The Patriot News, “Abandoned America Art Exhibit on Display at Midtown Scholar Bookstore.” Alexis Dow, December 2, 2009
• The Lancaster New Era, “The Peacefulness of Inevitable Collapse.” Kathleen Daminger, October 3, 2008
• The Lancaster Post, “Artist Spotlight.” July 25, 2008


Lectures

2016
• Messiah College, Mechanicsburg PA, Presentation/book signing
• Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia PA Presentation/book signing.
• Chicago Architecture Foundation, Chicago IL. Presentation/book signing.
• University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst MA. Presentation/book signing.
• The Delaware Contemporary, Wilmington DE. Book signing and Art Salad presentation.
• Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation, Pittsburgh PA. Presentation/book signing.
• Baltimore Museum of Industry, Baltimore MD. Presentation/book signing.
• Artists of Yardley, Morrisville PA. Guest Speaker, "Abandoned America: The Age of Consequences"
• Delaware County Camera Club, Havertown PA. Guest Speaker, "Abandoned America: The Age of Consequences"

2015
• Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation, Pittsburgh PA. Guest Speaker, "Abandoned America: The Age of Consequences"
• The Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City MO. Guest Speaker, "Abandoned America: The Age of Consequences"
• Grace Millman Pollock Performing Arts Center, Camp Hill PA. Guest Speaker, "Abandoned America: The Age of Consequences"
• Perkoimen Valley High School. Phoenixville PA. Guest Speaker, "Abandoned America: The Age of Consequences"
• Society for Industrial Archaeology. Philadelphia PA. Guest Speaker, "Abandoned America: The Age of Consequences"
• The Hershey Historical Society. Hershey PA. Guest Speaker, "Abandoned America: The Age of Consequences"
• Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation. Pittsburgh PA. Guest Speaker, "Abandoned America: The Age of Consequences"
• Focal Planes Foto Club, Bristol PA. Guest Speaker, "Abandoned America: The Age of Consequences"
• South Jersey Camera Club, Medford NJ. Guest Speaker, "Abandoned America: The Age of Consequences"
• Salon at Christ Church, Philadelphia PA. Guest Speaker, "Abandoned America: The Age of Consequences"
• American Institute of Architects, Washington DC. Guest Speaker, "Abandoned America: The Age of Consequences"
• Matthew Christopher Photography, Workshop Instructor, "Abandoned America Workshop Series"

2014
• The Paramount Theatre, Austin TX. Guest Speaker, "Abandoned America: The Age of Consequences"
• The Gershman Y, Philadelphia PA. Guest Speaker, "Abandoned America: The Age of Consequences"
• American Catholic Historical Society, Philadelphia PA. Guest Speaker, "Abandoned America: The Age of Consequences"
• Plastics Club, Philadelphia PA. Guest Speaker, "Abandoned America: The Age of Consequences"
• Helen Day Art Center, Stowe VT. Artist Lecture, "Abandoned America: The Age of Consequences"
• Lebanon Valley College, Annville PA. Adjunct Professor, Introduction to Digital Photography
• Matthew Christopher Photography, Workshop Instructor, Abandoned America Workshop Series

2013
• Doylestown Camera Club, Doylestown PA. Guest Speaker, "The Age of Consequences"
• American Catholic Historical Society, Philadelphia PA. Guest Speaker, "The Age of Consequences"
• Upper Uwchlan Area Community Photography Club, Chester Springs PA. Guest Speaker, "The Age of Consequences"
• Chester County Camera Club, Chester PA. Guest Speaker, "The Age of Consequences"
• Nurture Nature Center, Easton PA. Guest Speaker, "The Age of Consequences"
• Soho Photo Gallery, New York NY. Guest Speaker, "The Age of Consequences"
• Matthew Christopher Photography, Workshop Instructor, Abandoned America Workshop Series

2012
• College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester NY. Instructor of Record, Introduction to Digital Photography (Spring)
• Pioneer America Society, Philadelphia PA. Guest Speaker, "The Age of Consequences"
• Haverford Camera Club, Haverford PA. Guest Speaker, "Abandoned America"

2011
• College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY. Instructor of Record, Introduction to Digital Photography (Winter)
• Professor Megan Mette, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester NY. Graduate Teaching Assistant, Photography for Non-Majors
• Professor Jessica Lieberman, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester NY. Graduate Teaching Assistant, The Art of Dying
• Open Lens Gallery, Philadelphia PA. Guest Speaker, "Imaging and Imagining Our Cities"
• York Camera Club, York PA. Guest Speaker, "Matthew Christopher’s Abandoned America"
• State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg PA. Guest Speaker, "An Evening with Matthew Christopher"
• Slate Belt Heritage Center, Bangor PA. Guest Speaker, "Matthew Christopher’s Abandoned America"
• Danzante Community Art Center, Harrisburg PA, Instructor, Photography

2010
• University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh PA. Guest Speaker, "Matthew Christopher's Abandoned America"
• Preservation Pennsylvania, Harrisburg PA. Keynote Speaker, "Matthew Christopher's Abandoned America"
• Midtown Scholar, Harrisburg PA. Guest Speaker, "Matthew Christopher's Abandoned America"

2009
• Central Pennsylvania Psychiatric Society, Lancaster PA. Guest Speaker, "The Rise and Fall of the State Hospital System"
• Milton Hershey Medical Center, Hershey PA. Guest Speaker, "The Rise and Fall of the State Hospital System"


Solo Exhibitions

2014
• Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art, Millersburg PA. June - July.

2014
• Helen Day Art Center, Stowe VT. October 24 - November 23
• Open Lens Gallery, Philadelphia PA. July 1 - September 10

2013
• St. Joseph's University, Philadelphia PA. November 13 - December 10
• American Catholic Historical Society. October 1-30
• Nurture Nature Center, Easton PA. September 1 - November 12
• McKissick & Associates, Harrisburg PA. September 1-30
• The Yellow Wall Gallery, Harrisburg PA. June 18 - July 14.
• Lebanon Picture Frame and Fine Art Gallery, Lebanon PA. April 1-28.

2012
The Age of Consequences, SPAS Gallery, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester NY. September 13-28
• Genesee Center for the Arts and Education, Rochester, NY. March-May

2011
• Central Penn College, Summerdale, PA. August
• Mulberry Art Studios, Lancaster, PA. April
• OK Harris Gallery, New York City, NY. January - February

2010
• Lebanon Valley Council of the Arts, Lebanon, PA. December
• Frick Fine Arts Building, Pittsburgh, PA. September
• Gallery on Walnut, Harrisburg, PA. June
• Edward Hopper House, Nyack, NY. March - May

2009
• The Yellow Wall Gallery, Harrisburg, PA. December 2009 - January 2010
• Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts, Blue Mountain Lake, NY. August - September
• Pioneer Arts Center of Easthampton, Easthampton, MA. July - August
• Mulberry Art Studios, Lancaster, PA, April - July
• Perry County Council of the Arts, Newport, PA. February

2008
• Central Penn College, Summerdale, PA, November - December
• Harrisburg Area Community College, Lebanon, PA. September
• Mulberry Art Studios, Lancaster, PA. August

2007
• Christiane David Gallery, Lancaster, PA. June


Group Exhibitions

2016
The Pennsylvania Modern: A Juried Photography Exhibition of Midcentury Modern Architecture, Pennsylvania State Museum. October 2015 - May 2016.


2013
The Age of Consequences, 3rd Ward, Philadelphia. October 1-30

2012
VIP MFA Art Fair, Online, Curated Group Show. June-July

2011
Before and After Utopia: Images of Urban Abandonment, Absence, and Aspiration, Open Lens Gallery, Philadelphia PA. September - November
Beauty in Decay, Perry County Council of the Arts, Newport, PA. June
• Second Floor Gallery, Mechanicsburg, PA. August 2010 - September 2011

2010
The Art of the State, The State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA, Curated Group Show. July - September
Images 2010, Robeson Gallery, Penn State College, State College, PA. July
• ArtHouse Lounge, Harrisburg, PA. October 2009 - March 2010

2008
• Perry County Council of the Arts, Newport, PA. November - December
• Hummelstown Art Festival, Hummelstown, PA. September
Shutter Speed, Haverstick Gallery, Carlisle, PA. August.
Art of the State, The State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA. July - September
Artfest, Hershey Historical Society, Hershey, PA. April

2007
• Gypsy Hill Gallery, Lititz, PA. February 2007 - April 2008
• Carlisle Arts Learning Center, Carlisle, PA. March - December
The Mount Gretna Art Show, Mt. Gretna, PA. Art Festival, August


Additional Articles and Essays

• Subaru Drive, "Reclaiming Mount Moriah." Matthew Christopher, 9/18/2015
• Third Coast Daily, "TCD Traveler: Abandoned America – The Carrie Furnaces." Matthew Christopher, 4/21/2013
• Hidden City Philadelphia, "Confessions of a Ruin Pornographer." March 13, 2012
• Photographer's Forum, two full page images printed, Fall 2011: 33-34.
• Exposure Magazine, "Care of Ward 81 Review." Vol. 44:2, Fall 2011, guest book reviewer. Pages 52-53
• International Journal of Healthcare & Humanities, "Abandoned America." Vol. 2:2 (2008), page 12-16
• United Nations Chronicle, "The Rise and Fall of the State Hospital System." 43.2 (2006), pages 38-44
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