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Industrial Ruins in the East

Photographs by Christoph Lingg. Texts by Susanne Schaber, Richard Swartz and Serhij Zhadan.
Edition Aufbruch, Vienna, 2011. 164 pp., 104 color pictures, 12x9¼".

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Each cover is unique, as it is made of multi-coated, rusty metal plates. Updated edition 2011.Bound by hand. In few other places are becoming, being and passing more dramatically expressed than in shut-down factories, mines and foundries. In a total of fourteen countries Christoph Lingg tracked down numerous industrial ruins: buildings from the textile, chemical, oil and heavy industries; processing plants for sugar and fish; brickyards and breweries – witnesses of times past that have been left to decay. In these photographs he has captured the melancholy of a bygone era. The pictures reflect not only economic developments and the way people related to work and the environment, but also the identity of entire countries and regions. Three authors have approached this subject in completely different ways, guiding the reader through the industrial culture of the east: Susanne Schaber, Richard Swartz and Serhij Zhadan. “‘Shut Down’ is the common denominator of the industrial sites that Christoph Lingg has added to our visual memory in a fascinating, ambitious project.” ( Book of the month, Profiphoto, Germany) “Majestic photographs of abandoned factories in deserted landscapes. Cathedrals of decay.” ( U_mag, Hamburg, Germany ) “ ... almost surreal views of crumbling architectural ruins, gracefully abstract and with apocalyptic charm. ... to the beautifully conceived book and exhibition ‘Shut Down.’” ( Falter, Vienna, Austria) “… the photographs are really impressive. Heading out in new directions accompanied by decay. Simply beautiful.”( KURIER, Vienna, Austria) “ Linggs pictures are still lives of an enchanted modern age.' ( FAZ, Frankfurt, Germany)
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