From a young age, Matthew Christopher was fascinated by abandoned architectural spaces and the effect time had on their neglected structures. After researching the decline of the state hospital system, Christopher began pursuing his passion through photography. Seeking out locations that were falling into disrepair, Christopher explored vacant churches, abandoned asylums, and burnt theaters. 

From a young age, Matthew Christopher was fascinated by abandoned architectural spaces and the effect time had on their neglected structures. After researching the decline of the state hospital system, Christopher began pursuing his passion through photography. Seeking out locations that were falling into disrepair, Christopher explored vacant churches, abandoned asylums, and burnt theaters. He explains walking through a burned residential hotel, “Seeing what people had been doing as the fire hit and what they had lost really made it much more real and tragic. Fire damage also is innately nightmarish: familiar shapes are warped and twisted into meaningless blackened sculptures.” On his website, Christopher provides the viewer with intimate views into spaces deemed unsafe for passage. In his recent book “Abandoned America: The Age of Consequences”, Christopher showcases his most compelling photographs and pairs them with an in depth history of each space.
 

Text by Canbra Hodsdon