Phillip Toledano – Bankrupt

At the beginning of 2001, I began taking pictures of recently abandoned offices, and the things people had left behind.

This project was more than photography for me. It was economic archeology. There was something very strange about walking into a recently abandoned office. The heavy, Pompeii-like stillness, punctuated by the occasional sound of the air-conditioning, turning itself on. A coat-hanger waiting patiently for a coat. A limp happy-birthday balloon on the floor. A drawer stuffed with take-out menus. Everywhere, there were signs of life, interrupted.

America had not suffered such a vertiginous economic collapse since the 1930’s, and I wanted to document the human cost, while it was happening. I clearly remember thinking at the time that I’d never see something like this again in my lifetime. Of course, I was very wrong. But the results are the same. The human cost is the same.

Phillip Toledano

Published by Twin Palms Press in 2005.

Florian van Roekel – How Terry drinks his coffee

Florian van Roekel’s book ‘How Terry drinks his coffee’ was his exam project at the Royal Academy of Art in the Hague in 2010 and became an emediate succes. In 2011 it was taken in  Martin Parr’s selection of the 30 most influential photobooks of the last decade.

Matt Eich ; Carry me Ohio

Matt Eich’s documentary on the results of the mining industrie in Ohio, documenting the remains of the community and the cultural identity of the inhebitants. an inspiring and personal body of work. containig good photography and post processing.

“Once known for its bounty of coal, salt, clay and timber, Southeastern Ohio was stripped of its resources by the mining corporations that thrived from the 1820s to the 1960s.  When they had mined all that they could, the corporations left, leaving the communities with little but their cultural identity, which is a product of poverty.

For the past three years I have been documenting the people of this region as they attempt to recover from the aftermath of extractive industry. In photographing their daily life, I’ve explored the culture of the area, as well as on the crippling poverty that threatens to extinguish it. The foothills of Appalachia have been my home for the past five years. I met my wife here and our daughter was born here. Now, the same lack of opportunity that has plagued the residents of Southeastern Ohio for decades has forced us to move.”