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Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre: Gunkanjima by Yves Marchand
5.0 out of 5 stars The Masters Return, 25 Aug 2014
In 2010 the style of art known as 'Ruins photography' was launched by the release of Marchand & Romain's The Ruins of Detroit.
The two French photographers gave a dispassionate view of a city in decay.
This lack of history and context in this style has led to a backlash of complaints and sneering condemnation along with the dismissive title of 'ruins porn'.
If you feel that art must always explain itself and that a full history and voice from every angle needs to be heard then this latest release is going to be as annoying to you as any other in this genre.
Here we are taken to Hashima island in the Nagasaki… Read more
Asylum by Christopher Payne
Asylum by Christopher Payne
5.0 out of 5 stars Stillness, 14 Aug 2014
You know how this is going to go, right? The jacket artwork seems to spell it out with a grubby old straight jacket stamped with red and thoughts of 'I wonder who used to wear this...?' There'll be pictures of rusty electro-therapy tables and at least one shot of a creepy long dark corridor with an empty old wheelchair half turned towards the reader.
The first real clue to this work is the introduction. Oliver Sacks spent over 25 years working in an asylum and is well regarded for his writing on the subject. The pages given over to his work are full of fascinating facts and early American asylum history. There is no hint of an attempt to shock the reader, rather a simple statement of… Read more
North Brother Island: The Last Unknown Place in Ne&hellip by Robert Sullivan
5.0 out of 5 stars Long Forgotten, 13 Aug 2014
Whether it's the snappier & more heavily photo-shopped Urbex style or the more sober reflections used here I have to admit that I really love the urban decay artwork that has risen to such popular heights since the excellent The Ruins of Detroit.
This latest work see's Christopher Payne producing some really subtle and beautifully understated photography that draws the viewer in closer to search for details and signs of earlier inhabitants.
Framing exterior shots in various seasons is a nice touch and Payne has made some effort to avoid the overtly 'arty' approach and overuse of digital manipulation.Unusually it's the… Read more

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