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Title : Modern Ruins - Portraits of Place in the
Publisher : Pennsylvania
State University Press
Year : 2010
ISBN : 9780271036847
Language : English
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 represents some of his best work.
Modern Ruins 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 instructive, both historically and culturally.
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.
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