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What happens to buildings when the people in them simply disappear and leave everything behind? Do the fixtures and fittings rot away or do they stand silent sentinel over the now-abandoned spaces? This question fascinated Dan Haga and inspired him to step into the forgotten places devoid of all other life. An urban explorer since childhood, Haga began photographing and sharing his adventures as an adult – and in his new book, he brings the compelling pictures and stories of these places into our homes.

Dan Haga is the man behind Urban Atrophy, a site that has been documenting superb examples of urban decay for years. We’ve been fans of the site since its beginning, so we were excited to receive a copy of Dan’s new book, also entitled Urban Atrophy. The coffee table book is full of rich images and amazing stories that delve into the history and the future of some of the most beautiful abandoned places of the American Mid-Atlantic region.

The book is separated by building type: Medicine, Industrial, Religious, Military, Education, Entertainment, Corrections and Miscellaneous. Within each section are full-color photos along with explanations of how and why the pictured buildings were abandoned. Haga’s in-depth research into the buil... click here for the full article


Urban Atrophy was featured in Power House Magazine. Check out Issue 5 or click on the images below to view the article.


Book Description: Ever since hip-hop and punk music rose from the ashes of urban blight to become two of the most potent youth culture movements of the twentieth century, the world’s streets have taken center stage as vibrant sites of creativity. And in less than a generation, thanks to ease of travel and the Internet, a new global street culture has emerged, bringing all of the world’s diverse subcultures and modes of urban expression together: graffiti, skateboarding and bike messengering, DJing, offbeat fashion, gang life, music, as well as design, photography, and other more traditional visual art. Check out the book or click on the images below to view the feature (pages 254-257).