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Modern Ruins: Portraits of Place in the Mid-Atlantic Region

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Publisher Comments:

Shaun O’Boyle has been photographing ruined landscapes and buildings, primarily in the mid-Atlantic region, for more than twenty-five years. This collection of photographs features some of his best work. The book is divided into four sections, each representing a type of site now abandoned—prisons and mental health institutions, steel production facilities, coal mining and processing facilities, and a weapons arsenal. These photographs are hauntingly beautiful; they are also historically and culturally instructive.

Modern Ruins begins with an introduction by architectural essayist Geoff Manaugh, who offers insight into why people are so drawn to ruins and what they might mean to us in a larger psychological sense. Brief essays by noted historians Curt Miner, Kenneth Warren, Kenneth Wolensky, and Thomas Lewis offer social and historical contexts for the sites documented in the book. These sites include Eastern State Penitentiary, Bethlehem Steel, and Bannerman's Island Arsenal, among others. The book concludes with an interview with the photographer that touches on his fascination with ruins and explores some of his procedures for documenting them. Modern Ruins is a compelling collection of stunning and melancholy photographs, one that helps us hear these abandoned places speak.

Synopsis:

"A collection of photographs and essays focusing on postindustrial landscapes and abandoned buildings in Pennsylvania"--Provided by publisher.

About the Author

Shaun O’Boyle is an architectural designer and photographer who lives in Dalton, Massachusetts. His current projects include documenting the Gettysburg battlefield in Pennsylvania and the early space program at Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction: The Survivals

Geoff Manaugh

Institutions

Curt Miner

Steel

Kenneth Warren

Coal

Kenneth C. Wolenksy

Arsenal

Thomas Lewis

Interview with the Photographer

Product Details

ISBN:
9780271036847
Author:
O'boyle, Shaun
Publisher:
Penn State University Press
Author:
O'Boyle, Shaun
Author:
Manaugh, Geoff
:
Manaugh, Geoff (INT)
Subject:
ARCHITECTURE / Regional
Subject:
Pennsylvania
Subject:
Abandoned buildings
Subject:
Pictorial works
Subject:
Landscapes.
Subject:
History, Local
Subject:
Landscape photography
Subject:
Pennsylvania Description and travel.
Subject:
Pennsylvania History, Local.
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
Photography-Nature and Landscape
Subject:
Architectural & Industrial
Subject:
Urban exploration
Subject:
BR
Subject:
Modern Ruins
Subject:
Infiltration
Subject:
Industrial archaeology
Edition Description:
Library binding
Publication Date:
20100931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
SU
Language:
English
Pages:
120
Dimensions:
8.25 x 10 in 1.812 oz

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