Abandoned America: An Autopsy of the American Dream
Join author and photographer Matthew Christopher, creator of the Abandoned America website and book series, on a journey through some of the country’s most fascinating and hauntingly beautiful ruins. Matthew will relate his inspirations and how he came to explore such unusual spots, and share some of his favorites from across the state, focusing on the Pittsburgh region. A fascinating tour of forgotten schools, churches, prisons, factories, and homes that have not been included in his previous presentations, his work is at once a cry for the preservation of our vanishing architectural heritage and a eulogy for the ruins in our midst.
About the Presenter: Matthew Christopher has had an interest in abandoned sites since he was a child, but started documenting them a decade ago while researching the decline of the state hospital system. His work is featured in various publications and media outlets including the LA Times, ABC and NBC News, PDN, The Atlantic, Photographer’s Forum, Buzzfeed and others. You can follow his work through his web site, Abandoned America, which is considered one of the leading collections of images of abandoned spaces on the Internet.
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