Message from the Exterior.  Photographs by Mark Ruwedel.

Message from the Exterior.

Photographs by Mark Ruwedel.
Steidl, 2014. 204 pp., illustrated throughout, 11¾x9".

Publisher's Description

This book will be published by MACK Books in 2016.

Message from the Exterior explores the ruins and remains of failed attempts to live in a harsh environment. Ruwedel's photographs address the collision of promise and reality in the American desert by depicting small, sometimes eccentric, abandoned houses that suggest the stories of anonymous individuals and their desire to create homes in the 'wilderness,' however transitory. Evoking both violence and tragedy, the houses and the land they occupy appear to be crime scenes. Volume One contains 88 photographs from Ruwedel's archive of 'Desert Houses.' Volume Two presents the related series 'Dusk,' in which twenty-eight images of desert houses after sunset create subtle dark tones, paralleling the subject's social and geographic isolation.

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