Built Landscapes: Elena Dorfman’s Empire Falling

April 22, 2013

By Conor Risch

© Elena Dorfman

Among the rock quarry sites Elena Dorfman photographed over the course of two years were those that had been repurposed either informally by swimmers or as part of developments. Click on the Photo Gallery link below to see more images from Empire Falling.

While a good deal of the infrastructure that was tied to industrialization and manufacturing in the United States seems to lie in ruin, people have found ways to retrofit and reuse some of what was left behind. In cities that remain economically stable or even vibrant, old buildings are often repurposed as fashionable residential addresses, offices or cultural institutions. Landscapes...

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