Matthew Christopher's Abandoned America

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Founded by Matthew Christopher as a catalogue of the remains of modern ruins, Abandoned America developed into one of the foremost quests dealing with the phenomena of abandoned buildings. 

Christopher’s body of work is a powerful statement about job loss, cultural legacy, urban blight, the artistic/architectural context of iconic buildings, and historic preservation. In light of the collapse of American industry and the subsequent economic meltdown, the relevance of these topics has never been more important to the examination of America’s national identity. The transcendental and sublime elements of Christopher’s imagery, allow viewers to delve into deeper themes of mortality, success and failure, bottomless despair and irrepressible hope for which ruins have traditionally served as a metaphor. The collection demonstrates that photographers can act as powerful