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New book for sale, Gallery showings, and Speaking Events

Posted: 17th June 2011
Hello friends,

I am happy to announce that a new Abandonedamerica.us limited edition book entitled dismantling the dream is now on sale. Featuring photographs from 9 closed school buildings and one that is closing at the end of this month, dismantling the dream is an examination of the profound effect school closures have on educators and students, and by extension our way of life and our future. The book is 8x10 and 40 pages, and is a great way of helping to support the site if you follow it. Please go take a look by following this link! A lot of hard work has gone into creating this book and I hope you will enjoy it. If this edition proves to be a success I will continue with other limited edition series in the future (I'm thinking churches or asylums next). All proceeds go directly back into site updates/maintenance and adding new material. And of course Blurb, because on demand photography book publishing just hasn't got to the point of being inexpensive yet.

In other news, I am going to be speaking about my work at the Slate Belt Heritage Center in Bangor, PA on July 14th at 7 PM. It is free and open to the public. further details for the event are available here. I hope you are able to make it, the speaking engagements are always a fun time and the center itself looks like a great source of information. If you're not able to make it, I am currently working on nailing down a date for a presentation I will be giving to the Harrisburg Camera Club the following week. More details on that as I get them. As you can probably guess, I will be signing books at both events.

As far as gallery exhibits go, you still have a little bit of time to catch the Beauty in Decay exhibit at the Perry County Council of the Arts in Newport, PA before it comes down at the end of the month. Featuring my own work as well as photographers Matt Palmer and Nan Guzauski as well as a stunning 1/48 scale model of Reed Hall at the now demolished Dixmont State Hospital by Nino Balistrieri, I highly recommend taking the time to stop by and visit it. If you haven't been there before, PCCA is an amazing place full of affordable artwork from area artisans. In July and august my work will be on display at Central Penn College in Summerdale, PA. More details on that as they emerge.

In the distant horizon I have a show in Philadelphia in September, and a group show I expect to be a part of in Baltimore in November. In addition, I have a book review coming out in Exposure Magazine in the fall (I'm reviewing someone else's work), in September some of my photography will be featured in Photographer's Forum magazine, and if you buy this month's Central PA magazine a large reproduction of one of my photos is on page 52 (although they mentioned the PCCA show yet didn't credit the huge photograph they used to me... Can't win them all I guess). Is there more? Probably. I have a number of other irons in the fire, and I'll let you know what develops with them too. Oh, and of course there's almost always new work being added to my website. But you should know that by now, right?

If you have any questions, suggestions, want to book me for a speaking engagement or a gallery, or know of a great place that I should photograph, please drop me a note. Thanks again for the support and for following my work.

Matthew Christopher

PS: Some people have asked about the name change - I'm going by my first and middle name now. Do a google search on Matthew Murray photography (there are a lot of us apparently) or worse yet, just Matthew Murray, and you'll figure out why.


Photo comment By Lynne: Your eye is amazing. I have just found your work, but wonder where you find all this undisturbed decay? Really fascinating.

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