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Publisher: Merrell
ISBN10: 185894497X ISBN13: 9781858944975 DDC: 770 Edition: Paperback; 2009-09


"American Ruins" is the first photography book to document historic ruins throughout the United States. It presents a stunning visual record of ruins ranging from ancient Native American dwellings in the Southwest to the remains of Gilded Age mansions on the East Coast and a king's summer home in Hawaii. Luminous infrared photographs expose crumbled walls, weathered facades and overgrown flora, and are accompanied by brief essays detailing the historical, geographical and architectural significance of each site. This landmark publication raises awareness of and appreciation for overlooked ruins that remain unknown even to most Americans. It captures the visual poetry of each place and offers a new way of seeing the landscape, the past and the collective identity of America. This work is a unique, awe-inspiring photographic record of American history. This is the first photographic record of historic ruins throughout the United States. It will appeal to anyone interested in architecture, photography, history, archaeology and Americana.


  • Dewey Decimal: 770

Book Details

  • Physical Description: 10.0"x11.2"x0.4"; 2.1 lb; 144 pages
  • Edition Info: Paperback; 2009-09


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