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Gone: Photographs of Abandonment on the High Plains Paperback – December 16, 2002


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  • Paperback: 191 pages
  • Publisher: University of New Mexico Press (December 16, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826329616
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826329615
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 10.7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,879,852 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"By placing the abandonment of homes, schools and churches within our lifetime, Fitch exposes something the nation has ignored: Decay, poverty and loss are not things of the past. . . . Fitch's book is a portrait of the heartbreak that continues to confront communities across a huge swath of middle America, and a reminder that hard times on the High Plains are not just a romantic image from a distant past."

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Abandoned buildings in the West are the subjects of these haunting photographs depicting the daily life and melancholy beauty of what was left behind. The seventy-four color photos are a reminder of the American West as it used to be. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Robin Benson on February 23, 2004
Format: Paperback
Steve Fitch has done the historians of the future a favor by photographing these abandoned homes that litter the Great Plains. Slowly they will crumble (or be vandalised) and eventually just be a pile of wood, plaster and rusty metal of the kitchen appliances. Oddly, the weather preserves and destroys these poignant remains, the scorching summer sun preserves but once the elements get inside, the wind, rain and heavy snowfalls gradually weaken the structure and the less well made will eventually collapse.

The seventy photos are all interiors, mostly homes but also schools and amazingly a bar in Gascoyne, North Dakota. The first was taken in 1991 and the latest 2001, one of these, a bedroom in Grassy Butte, North Dakota, only recently abandoned but looks like it could still be occupied because the elements and creatures haven't taken over yet. Many of these homes seem to have been vandalised, nature is clearly not so untidy as humans. Several reveal building techniques, with their floorboards and plasterwork ripped away. Strangely many of these left homes still contain the personal effects of the folks who lived in them.

Fitch wisely concentrates on the interesting interiors, making his photos a record as well as interesting compositions. Most other photographers tend to capture abandonment in relation to the wider landscape, capturing hard edge man-made decay resting in the natural softness of the outside. Another book I recently reviewed, the excellent Ghosts in the Wilderness: Abandoned America by Tony and Eva Worobiec, covers the same theme but their book had as many exterior landscape photos as interiors.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David Dirks on July 19, 2003
Format: Paperback
This photography captures places that have been abandoned in the High Plains of the American West. Even for those who live in the United States, there is so much more to this country that we rarely see. Steve Fitch finds these places, and shows us how beautiful they truly are. His photos remind me of music by the Band, essays by William Agee, and novels by Steinbeck, which transport us to places forgotten, yet full of memories. These memories are not nostalgic "wishful thinking." They are honest reflections of the quiet spirit that resides in harsh reality. The thoughtful essay that accompanies the text is alone worth the price of the book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Erin on March 17, 2005
Format: Paperback
Although I do not have this book, I just recently saw a collection of the same photos in an art museum at Kansas State University. They are so beautiful and yet so sad. Absolutely amazing though. I highly recommend Steve Fitch after seeing his work. If you're the kind of person who drives by an abandoned house and takes interest in it, wondering about the family and what happened to it, these photographs will amaze you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Scanlon VINE VOICE on June 14, 2014
Format: Paperback
excellent ethnographic study, with no people presented

only their ghosts long gone

the ancient televisions and their situation tells all

take a look at the abandoned schools, beautifully built forever under the WPA

now peeling and abandoned, the gyms and auditoriums echoing the cheers of long ago

please see this book and learn what is photography

perhaps technically a few things might be tweaked but overall top quality technique

and for once essays which are right on, cogent and correct, and which inform the great work they illustrate and commentate

a perfect photography book

shoulda been bigger

tells us all about our history and where we were and where we are now

excellent work

get lucky and read one
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