Documenting the abandonment of architecture gives Chicago photographer Eric Holubow an adrenaline rush. Sneaking into forbidden buildings is risky, and sometimes results in falling through decaying floors, or encounters with watch dogs or the police. Bur Holubow takes the risk to capture the beauty and the tragedy of forgotten factories, hospitals, schools, churches, theaters, and train stations. In this Washington Post article, Holubow, who published "Abandoned: America's Vanishing Landscape" last year, discusses his fascination with capturing images of decaying structures.
Just don’t call Hulubow’s work “ruin porn”—the photographer dislikes the term, arguing that it is pejorative and inaccurately paints the picture that his images are exploitative. He believes that the beauty of his work is seeing the process of how architecture decays. He hopes that his work will draw attention to the buildings, some which he believes should be restored for future use, and others which he argues are damaged beyond repair.
Holubow's work will be on display at Art Miami in December in connection with Hexton Gallery.
See more of Holubow’s work at The Washington Post.
Read columnist Aaron Betsky’s take on the fascination of abandonment.
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