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ABANDONED FUTURES: A JOURNEY TO THE POSTHUMAN WORLD -- TONG LAM. Carpet Bombing Culture, Pro-actif Communications, Darlington, 2013. Distributed in the U.S.A. by Gingko Press Inc., Berkeley. 192 pp. with 171 col. ills. 25 x 25 cm. ISBN 9781908211132 In English.
Chiefly pictorial. Publisher's description: Photographer Tong Lam explores answers to the question "what would the end of the world look like?" From Hashima Island off the coast of Japan to the despair of a crumbling industrial Detroit, his photographs deliver myriad answers. It's not all bad news though, and the photographs are far more inspiring than one might expect. As human industry fails and decay takes over, nature starts to move in. Trees miraculously thrive amidst the rubble as various flora springs from industrial waste. Yes, the ghostly asylums and decaying sanatoriums will delight postapocalyptic impulses, but entropy's low ebb often has an upshot in Lam's bright open photographs. Nothing is spared from ruin, as the military industrial complexes and medieval castles are given the same treatment by the indomitable, grinding forces of the universe.
Artist(s):Lam, Tong
Indexing: Western, Non-Western in a Western Style, Asia (Western Style) — China — Post-2000 — Photography
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 157493
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