Dan Dubowitz loves to travel the world in search of abandoned, decaying buildings, which are usually gasping their last breath before being demolished to make way for something new — or merely rotting away. He finds beauty in many of these spaces, and he documents them lovingly with his medium-format camera.
In this book, he writes in a conversational tone about each site — its history, its former inhabitants, its role in society (then and now), and its future. He is also a bit of a philosopher.
"The spaces that we abandon reveal much about ourselves and the psyche of contemporary societies," says Dubowitz.
About his practice of photographing abandoned areas, he says, "These places were all visited between 2000 and 2005, usually alone, with a camera and a notebook. The exposures often ran to 20-30 minutes during which time there was an opportunity to take in the scene and come to know these places."
by Dan Dubowitz
Hardcover: 176 pages
290 x 290 mm
Publisher: Dewi Lewis Publishing
For a place that is so often seen through images of devastation and disaster, this series offers an intimate, inside view of Congo: private moments marked by great sadness but also signs of joy and dreams.
Across New York City, the supervisors of apartment buildings transform their basement workspaces into tiny, hidden sanctuaries that offer reminders of their distant homes or glimpses of their future dreams.
’s luscious photos inside nuclear power plants, coal-fired power stations, storage facilities for nuclear waste and other energy systems seem like the sets of science-fiction films. Strange worlds emanating a cool logic — these are cathedrals of industry, hidden temples of an energy-guzzling society.