Photographs by Arthur Drooker. Foreword by Douglas Brinkley. Essay by Christopher Woodward.
Merrell, London, 2007. 144 pp., 120 illustrations, 10x11½".
American Ruins is the first photography book to document historic ruins throughout the United States. It presents a stunning visual record of ruins ranging from ancient Native American dwellings in the Southwest to the remains of Gilded Age mansions on the East Coast and a king’s summer home in Hawaii. Luminous infrared photographs expose crumbled walls, weathered façades and overgrown flora, and are accompanied by brief essays detailing the historic, geographical and architectural significance of each site. This landmark publication raises awareness of and appreciation for overlooked ruins that remain unknown even to most Americans. It captures the visual poetry of each place and offers a new way of seeing the landscape, the past and the collective identity of America.
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