Abandoned America Presentation by Photographer Matt Christopher


Photographer Matthew Christopher will be presenting on the sites and photographs featured in his two books, Abandoned America: Dismantling the Dream and Abandoned America: The Age of Consequences. Christopher’s journey to document abandoned sites began a decade ago while researching the decline of the state hospital system. Realizing that words alone could not adequately convey the harsh realities of institutional care, Christopher embarked on a journey to visit and photograph the crumbling state schools and asylums in our midst. Ten years later, Christopher’s focus has broadened to include the ruins of American infrastructure, industry, churches, schools, theaters, hospitals, prisons, resorts and hotels as realized in his first book Abandoned America: The Age of Consequences. From the heartbreaking story of a state school that would become home to one of the country's worst cases of fatal neglect and abuse to the shattered remains of what was once the largest mall in the United States, Christopher’s work asks what leads us to leave places behind and what are the consequences of doing so. Examples of his work can be found at Abandoned America, (http://www.abandonedamerica.us/). His work has gained international attention and he is considered a leading expert on urban blight and the efforts to preserve America’s endangered architectural history.

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Fee
Free

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Barry Rauhauser
Executive Director
6102720297
barryr@hsmcpa.org

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