- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: MBI (July 13, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 076031490X
- ISBN-13: 978-0760314906
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,407,203 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lost America: The Abandoned Roadside West Paperback – July 13, 2003
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More About the Author
Over the last eleven years this website has gone viral repeatedly, spawning millions of hits. Troy's imagery has appeared in print, in over a dozen countries-including three Stephen King book covers-and two award-winning monographs: "Lost America: Night Photography of the abandoned Roadside West" in 2003 (Motorbooks International), and "Night Vision: The Art of Urban Exploration" in 2008 (Chronicle Books). Troy's work has appeared in museums and galleries in New York, Los Angeles, Sweden and San Francisco. In 2010 and 2011 he appeared as a guest judge on the Singapore reality TV show The Big Shot.
The current craze over light painted night photography in abandoned places started right here, with this website, back in 1999. As a result, Troy's low cost, high impact light painting techniques have been emulated all over the world. The "Lost America" body of work is a true original.
Troy can be easily reached by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Top Customer Reviews
"Lost America" contains five sections: "Where the Lanes Are Wide" (photographs of abandoned Miracle Mile towns), "Drive In, Drive Out" (you guessed it, drive-in movie theaters), "The Last Resort" (The Salton Sea), and "Salvage" (machines with one foot in the grave). Troy Paiva introduces each section with an excellent essay detailing the history of the subject and its demise. The essays are fluid and informative. Mr. Paiva turns out to be one of those photographers who writes the text for his photographs better than anyone else could.Read more ›
Not content with taking these photos at night he adds a neat touch by using different colored lights to illuminate the scene. So now the ordinary abandoned filling station becomes the extraordinary abandoned station with red walls, green and purple canopies against a dark blue sky (Ludlow on Route 66, page forty-seven) or part of a pick-up truck with a magenta cab leaning against a junked interstate highway sign (Sacramento, page 110) The four chapters in the book are full of these intriguing photos. The best ones, I think, are in Salvage where you can see some knockout images of old jet planes, slowly being cut up for scrap.
As well as great photos, Troy Paiva writes interesting captions to all the photos, rather unusual for a photo book, so many photographers seem to think that just the name of the location and the year is all that is required. He also contributes four worthwhile essays to each chapter filling out the historical detail of what is now discarded.
So why *** stars? It's because the book's production really does not do justice to these photos. The publisher mostly produce transport books not art books and the layout would be fine if it was dealing with trains, for instance, where the photos and artwork would come from a variety of sources.Read more ›
How does he do it? He works at it. Over the years he developed his own system of long-exposure night photography that uses strategically placed colored strobes to light the most unusual and out-of-the-way locales imaginable, which he researches and tracks down during week-long expeditions through the forgotten desert highways of the West in his trusty Subaru SUV.
Paiva, a former toy designer, is like no one else. He possesses a sardonic view of the world and a maniacal sense of humor. His esthetic is informed by kitsch, camp, television, toys, modern architecture, the pop culture of the fifties and sixties, and his extensive formal training in design and technology. How this mixture of traits and influences yields such hauntingly beautiful images is a mystery you will want to check out.
Paiva will take you on a strange journey that he's been traveling for more than 10 years, through the graveyards of a world that no longer exists, except in our memories, and in these photographs, which are unlike anything you've ever seen. Yes, these are photographs of long-abandoned leading-edge technological innovations of their time - which we now call junk -- but they are also pictures of places, long ago abandoned by people who had bigger hopes and dreams. What we don't know is whether their dreams ended in tragedy, or whether they abandoned what they saw as worthless baubles of an industrial America in constant state of creative destruction and transition, to move onward and upward to better things. And thus these photographs become palettes for our imaginations.
Behind every picture, there is a story, and Paiva's five outstanding essays provide some of that story by providing insight to the transitions of American culture over the past 50 years or so, as well as adding his uniquely humorous, sentimental - and sometimes scary - outlook on his photo subjects.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As somebody whom has explored most of these sites in this book all I can say it is a great coffee table book, it is sad that most of this stuff has disappeared since the photos... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Atomic Reverend Handyman
Troy Paiva's eerie photography is sublime. Lost America includes many of his images, but certainly not all of his best ones.Published on February 17, 2013 by Marian Carcache
Better than expected! Very Nice photography! Bought as a gift for my uncle, not sure if he's going to get it now!Published on July 25, 2012 by James R. DiSanto
Il miglior libro di decadence che ho letto.
Coinvolgente e affascinante.
Le foto sono bellissime e tecnicamente perfette. Read more
Perfect...lived at the Salton Sea Test Base back in '58-'59 when my Dad worked there for the Atomic Energy Commission. Read morePublished on February 24, 2012 by KC53
An incredibly written and photographed story of what was once a booming part of this country's grandeur. Read morePublished on September 7, 2009 by SJhiker
Troy Paiva is, simply put, a brilliant photographer. The subject matter of his compositions are powerful enough by themselves, but Troy is able to bring out the true magic... Read morePublished on January 27, 2008 by Keith Jones
If you love night photography and abandoned places and things, this book is for you. Troy Paiva was the man who first defined this area of artistic expression. Read morePublished on December 16, 2007 by Montage