‘Abandoned America: States of Disrepair’

By on September 26, 2018


Matthew Christopher’s photo shows the inside of St. Bonaventure Church in Philadelphia and is part of his “Abandoned America” exhibit, coming to Lancaster in October. Christopher strongly believes in restoring abandoned buildings, but says if a structure is going to be demolished, it should at least be documented.

For over a decade, photographer Matthew Christopher has been chronicling the most hauntingly beautiful ruins across our country in his Abandoned America book series and website. This October, he is bringing a collection of these works to Mulberry Art Studios.

“Abandoned America: States of Disrepair” will open on Oct. 5 with a First Friday reception from 5 to 9 p.m., and will remain on display throughout the month of October. Mulberry Art Studios holds regular gallery hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays, and is located in historic downtown Lancaster at 19-21 N. Mulberry St.

The exhibit features not only some of the most fascinating remnants in his collection, but also a stunning juried selection of the works of other artists and photographers who have found inspiration in the same subject.

Christopher has had an interest in abandoned sites since he was a child, but started documenting them a decade ago while researching the decline of the state hospital system. His website, Abandoned America (abandonedamerica.us), has gained international attention and is considered one of the leading collections of images of abandoned spaces on the internet.

To learn more about the exhibit, call 717-295-1949.

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