American Ruins
Arthur Drooker

American Ruins is the first photography book to document historic ruins throughout the United States. It presents a stunning visual record of those places that stand in defiance of time to form a tangible link to the past, 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. This book represents the culmination of an intensive two-year project by award-winning photographer Arthur Drooker. His luminous images, shot in infrared format on a specially adapted digital camera, expose crumbled walls, weathered facades, and overgrown flora, and are accompanied by brief essays detailing the historical, geographical, and architectural significance of each site. In addition to one hundred hauntingly beautiful photographs, American Ruins features a foreword by noted historian Douglas Brinkley and an essay by art historian Christopher Woodward, author of In Ruins. This landmark publication raises awareness of and appreciation for the overlooked historic sites, some of which remain unknown even to most Americans. It caputres the visual poetry of each location and offers a new way of seeing the landscape, the past, and the collective identity of America.