Ruin: Photographs of a Vanishing America

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Down East, 2009 - Photography - 143 pages
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Brian Vanden Brink is one of America's most sought-after architectural photographers. He is also drawn to the mystery and unexpected beauty found in abandoned architecture. Here Vanden Brink captures and illuminates in stunning black and white images abandoned structures such as mills, bridges, grain elevators, churches, and storefronts-structures that once were important and useful. With text by historic preservation expert Howard Mansfield, this collection of photos grants permanence to places that may soon vanish forever.

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While I really enjoyed the photographs in this book, I wish there had been some description of the buildings, the families that owned the homes, and why they fell into ruin. The photos were moving on ... Read full review

About the author (2009)

Howard Mansfield is a writer who specializes in the fields of history, preservation, and architecture. His work has appeared widely in newspapers and professional journals including The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Inland Architect. His books include Skylark: The Life, Lies and Inventions of Harry Atwood and Turn and Jump: How Time and Place Fell Apart.

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