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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Carpet Bombing Culture (1 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908211121
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908211125
  • Product Dimensions: 24.9 x 2.3 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 399,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The amazing photography creates page upon page of hidden stories. It really invokes the imagination. This book is simply beautiful; they say a picture is worth a thousand words, States of Decay is worth a thousand stories!


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This is a beautiful book with striking and stirring photographs of mostly institutional buildings (asylums, schools, factories) that have been abandoned. If I were rating it on the photographs alone, I'd give it 5 stars.However, as a book, it's badly let down by the lack of information and text.

There are only four pages of short text on four subjects: Introduction , Urban Exploration, Why We Do It, The Experience. Each of these is literally a single page.Given there is such limited text, it is a shame that even this is uninformative and badly written. It reads as if it were written by a pretentious 15 year old with a thesaurus. For example, from The Experience:

"As soon as we crossed the threshold, the atmosphere changed. The heightened sensory awareness afforded to us by the thrill of gaining entry enabled us to fully appreciate the powerful aromas that encompassed us."

If like me you are interested in this book because the images stir in you a curiosity about the history of these buildings, then you will be disappointed.

Each image is only captioned with the type of building and the broad location - Asylum, New Jersey; Coal Breaker, Pennsylvania. It doesn't tell you exactly where they are or even the actual name of the spooky house on the hill school, the creepy sanatorium or the faded theatre. There is zero information about the age of the buildings, their history or why they were abandoned. Even something as simple as the date, or rough date, they fell into disuse is omitted. It is literally just the building type and location; it's a real shame because I would imagine for some of these buildings, the images could have sparked a restoration campaign - if anyone knew where they were.
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The amazing photography creates page upon page of hidden stories. It really invokes the imagination. This book is simply beautiful; they say a picture is worth a thousand words, States of Decay is worth a thousand stories!

The quality photography fully outweighs the price! Great present and most definitely a collectors item!

Congratulations to Dan Marbaix & Daniel Barter and thank you!
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I eagerly anticipated the arrival of states of decay having followed dan marbaix and barters work online. I wasn't disappointed. The quality of the print and feel of the book would lead you to believe its much more expensive than it is. The images are thought provoking and at times spine tingling. A great coffee table book for the home and a great idea as a gift.
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Thank You very much. Everything is ok :)
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