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Ruin: Photographs of a Vanishing America

Down East books has this to say about Brian Vanden Brink's newest book, Ruin: Photographs of a Vanishing America. "Over the years, the sought-after architectural photographer Brian Vanden Brink, has stolen time from photographing the homes of the affluent to focus on deserted homes and architectural ruins - and their relationships to the surrounding landscape. In Ruin [click here to see a book sample], Vanden Brink captures and illuminates in stunning color and black and white images churches, mills, bridges, grain elevators, storefronts, the 300-foot-tall chimney of a lead smelter, and the pitch-black depths of an Air Force plutonium storage vault. Through Vanden Brink's lens, these structures become iconic, representing an America that was built and then abandoned. His photos capture the long, slow demise of structures that once held immense import and usefulness. With text by historic preservation and architecture expert Howard Mansfield, this collections of photos grants permanence to places that may soon vanish forever."

BRIAN VANDEN BRINK is an award-winning architectural photographer, whose work has been featured in many books and in Architectural Digest, Architectural Record, Metropolitan Home, Elle Decor, Coastal Living, Cottage Living, The New York Times Magazine, Boston Globe, Down East, Old House Journal, Old House Interiors, Fine Homebuilding, Custom Home, and Yankee, among many other publications.