Review; Abandoned Industrial Places: Factories, Laboratories, Mills and Mines that the World Left Behind by David Ross

Last year I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the photography book Abandoned Industrial Places: Factories, Laboratories, Mills and Mines that the World Left Behind by David Ross through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review.

Description from Goodreads
From factories, mines, and nuclear power stations to space research centers, Victorian English mill towns, and American gold rush settlements, Abandoned Industrial Places examines the places history left behind.

Once these industrial spaces were celebrated and thriving; now, they’re ghostly and forlorn. When times change and they’re no longer needed, power stations, gasworks, car plants, factories, and mine derricks are often too large to destroy. So they linger, looming over the landscape, haunting relics of the past. Ranging from Cuba’s unfinished nuclear power station to atomic test sites in England, from Nevada’s silver towns to a French coal-washing facility, from a sugar factory in Belgrade to a whole mining island in Japan and, yes, Chernobyl, Abandoned Industrial Places captures these imposing, often eerie, structures. Some are magnificent pieces of architecture, others appear like ragged pieces of piping out of science fiction, but each one tells a fascinating story.

The abandoned places include:

Hudson Body Plant, Detroit; Crystal Mill near Marble, Colorado; Michigan Central Station, Detroit; Redstone Rocket Test Site, Huntsville, Alabama; Don Valley Brickworks, Toronto, Canada

Santa Laura Nitrate works, Chile; Petermann Island, Antarctica; Hacienda Yaxcopoil near Merida, Mexico (former hemp or henequen rope factory); Leith Harbour Whaling Station, South Georgia; Illegal Mine Site, Tambopata, Peru

Excavator Factory, Voronezh, Russia; Glassworks, Haidemühl, Brandenburg, Germany; Plumain Factory, New Aquitaine, France; Sugar Factory, Belgrade, Serbia; Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station, Ukraine

Lead mine, Morocco; Kolmanskop mining town, Namibia Drilling Rig; Vredehoek Quarry, South Africa

Iron and Steel Mill, Loudi, Hunan, China; Hashima, mining island, Japan; Buran Transport, Baikonur, Kazakhstan;
Cockatoo Island Docks, Sydney, Australia

My Thoughts on the Book
It was fun going through this book, as it was so many great photographs by fascinating abandoned places. If one is into architecture, history or urban exploring, I think this is a fun book and I'll sooner or later purchase a physical copy of it.


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