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Phillip Toledano: Bankrupt

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, 13 Mar 2012
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This series reminds us of Up in the Air, only more depressing because Mr Clooney's snappy looks aren't on the screen. Starting in 2001, Phillip Toledano began to visit empty, abandoned office buildings and the things left behind. What he found was a rather depressing look at waste, the emptiness of the non-descript nature of commercial space, and lots of chairs. The series is called Bankrupt.


"At the beginning of 2001, I began taking pictures of recently abandoned offices, and the things people had left behind. This project was more than photography for me. It was economic archeology. There was something very strange about walking into a recently abandoned office. The heavy, Pompeii-like stillness, punctuated by the occasional sound of the air-conditioning, turning itself on. A coat-hanger waiting patiently for a coat. A limp happy-birthday balloon on the floor. A drawer stuffed with take-out menus. Everywhere, there were signs of life, interrupted." (via)

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