American Ruins

American Ruins The deterioration of the American inner city stands in stark contrast to the prosperity characteristic of the United States for much of the twentieth century Skyscrapers that once defined the modern e

  • Title: American Ruins
  • Author: Camilo José Vergara
  • ISBN: 9781580930567
  • Page: 340
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The deterioration of the American inner city stands in stark contrast to the prosperity characteristic of the United States for much of the twentieth century Skyscrapers that once defined the modern era stand derelict and abandoned Massive industrial manufactories lie rusting, their cavernous interiors dark Formerly vibrant theaters shed bricks and terra cotta ornamentsThe deterioration of the American inner city stands in stark contrast to the prosperity characteristic of the United States for much of the twentieth century Skyscrapers that once defined the modern era stand derelict and abandoned Massive industrial manufactories lie rusting, their cavernous interiors dark Formerly vibrant theaters shed bricks and terra cotta ornaments These desolate fragments of America s cityscapes are the legacy of decades of proud investment in the urban realm followed by decades of devastating neglect.Photographer and sociologist Camilo Jos Vergara has spent years documenting the decline of the built environment in New York City Newark and Camden, New Jersey Philadelphia Balti Chicago Gary, Indiana Detroit and Los Angeles His photographic sequences images of the same sites taken over the course of many years show once sturdy structures as ghostly ruins and then as empty lots or flimsy new buildings Grand civic edifices the Michigan Central Railroad Station in Detroit, the Essex County Jail in New Jersey, the Camden Free Public Library have become empty, roofless shells, dusted with snow in the winter and filled with stray plant and animal life in the summer Monumental commercial and industrial buildings such as RCA Victor s Nipper Building in Camden and the Packard Automobile Plant in Detroit bear broken windows and rubble strewn interiors At once a scathing critique of national indifference to the plight of the inner city and a meditation on the aesthetic impact of desolate and neglected buildings, American Ruins stands as a witness to a vanishing era of the American city.

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    279 thoughts on “American Ruins

    • Never thought of there being ruins in America. Stunning photographic study. I love the sets taken multiple times over a span of years.


    • This book documents the decline of buildings and neighborhoods of Michigan, New York, Indiana and New Jersey. I would call it more of a photographic study on this topic, rather than an "artsy" book of photography, although some of the images in the book are certainly quite beautiful. The bulk of the book is devoted to "before" and "after" shots of these landmarks, and in many cases there are multiple photographs documenting the slow decline of one building or one block of a neighborhood. The des [...]


    • Ruin porn with redeeming social value. Vergara doesn't just exploit decayed and collapsing buildings for their sad beauty. He gets to know them, and sometimes their denizens and neighbors, complementing his lovely photos with engaging, and often depressing, stories.


    • I was glad that Brush Park in Detroit was mentioned in this book since seeing those is what first got me interested in studying urban decay. This was quite an interesting book that focused on abandonment in Detroit, Camden, Gary, Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York (though mostly Detroit).


    • what?! I hadn't added this yet?! I haven't read it yet because I can't check it out from the library here, I've been meaning to order a used copy onlineI recommend all his books.


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