Pour devenir un explorateur urbain, il suffit d'oser... Escalader un mur, emprunter un souterrain, pousser une simple palissade et tout bascule. Des mondes oubliés et secrets en plein cœur de la ville deviennent des terrains d'aventure, à deux pas de chez soi. Orphelinat, église, hôpital, abattoir, usine désaffectée, parc d'attraction, collège, cimetière... Ces sites abandonnés sont redécouverts aujourd'hui par les explorateurs urbains, ces fous d'Urbex. Ce livre propose cinquante aventures, cinquante lieux secrets parfois intacts, tous délaissés par la société des hommes. Indice après indice, tentez de localiser ces sites insolites où le temps s'est arrêté...
Author: Sylvain Margaine
Following the success of Sylvaine Margaine's first book, Forbidden Places, Abandoned France continues his journey in search of forbidden and often overlooked places. He draws attention to the dramatic fate of the country's heritage, the preservation of which has become a matter for serious reflection. An exceptional photographic report. Brand new ......
Author: Jordy Theiller, Jordy Meow
Japan is often thought of as a place where the modern world and ancient traditions meet in surprising and fascinating ways. The rapid pace of technological, social and cultural change throughout the 20th century propelled the country forward but left countless establishments, industries and entire towns deserted. Through his photography Jordy Meow explores these forgotten places and sheds light on a lost world that was thriving just a few decades ago. Abandoned Japan documents famed ruins (haikyo in Japanese) such as Gunkanjima, the island featured in the Bond movie Skyfall, which once had a population of over 5,000 but is now completely abandoned, and the Disneyland-inspired Nara Dreamland theme park. Beyond these well-known sites, Jordy Meow also takes us on a journey through every aspect of a rapidly disappearing past: from schools and hospitals to industrial sites and nightlife, including strip clubs and love hotels. The ruins captured here range from the quaint and serene to the dark and nightmarish. Some have an atmosphere reminiscent of the animation films of Studio Ghibli while others seem almost dystopian. These places show that people can leave a lasting mark on their environment but, given the chance, nature finds its way back."
Author: Kieron Connolly
From forgotten railway stations to flooded shopping malls, from secret Cold War bunkers to radiation zones, Abandoned Places explores more than 100 fascinating lost worlds from all around the globe.
Author: Andre Govia
Publisher: Carpet Bombing Culture
The images within Abandoned Planet have been selected from the archives of photographer Andrew Govias work from travels to 800 locations around the world. These photographs represent the most hauntingly beautiful nightmares one could ever hope to encounter Revered by his peers within the Urbex community, Govia is a legendary photographer of abandoned and decrepit buildings. Hes taken his cinematic approach to photography to more than twenty countries, documenting our Abandoned Planet in the process. His elegant photographs capture haunting and sometimes downright creepy images, selected from hospitals, schools, houses, hotels and asylums, all frozen in time. This unique collection follows the movements of a man who is both an intrepid explorer and talented lensman.
Through dilapidated tunnels, spectral crypts and bizarre futuristic settlements, imaginative photographers create images that allow you to surrender to your imagination, and throw new light on the boundaries you've been forced to accept.
Author: Troy Paiva
Publisher: Chronicle Books
A booming subculture is on the rise: dubbed Urban Exploration, it involves sneaking into abandoned or off-limits factories, aviation "boneyards," decommissioned bases, and other derelict features of the military/industrial landscape. Troy Paiva is a foremost photographer of the UrbEx (as it's known to its devotees) phenomenon, and his distinctive blend of atmospheric night photos and lighting effects are the visual hallmarks of a scene that has drawn the increasing attention of the media and the publicas seen in recent programs on both the Discovery Channel ("Urban Explorers") and MTV ("Fear"). Illuminated by histories of the sites documented, Night Vision reveals the remarkable discoveries of a new generation of explorers.
Author: Rebecca Litchfield, Owen Evans, Neil Cockwill, Tristi Brownett
Publisher: Carpet Bombing Culture
Only the most intrepid urban explorers cross the tattered ruins of the old iron curtain to endure the excessive bureaucracy, military paranoia and freezing winds of the East to hunt for the ghosts of an empire. Rebecca Litchfield is one who couldn t resist the haunting allure of the ruins of the Soviet Union. Time and again she risked radiation exposure, experienced arrest and interrogation, and was accused of espionage while collecting the stunning photography in Soviet Ghosts. Join her on an adventure through the ruins of soviet bloc, never before seen by western eyes. The emotional affect of this poetic collection will keep you coming back for more, while a series of expert articles offer in-depth analysis of the historical context. Contemplate the uncanny and disturbing emotional power of the imagery. Discover the story of the rise and fall of the USSR, the empire whose ghost continues to haunt Europe even today... Features A breathtaking collection of images from Pripyat, Chernobyl Stunning imagery of a vast, ruined Bulgarian communist monument. A road trip through the ruined abandonment in East Germany, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Croatia and Russia featuring decaying hospitals, military barracks, prisons, spy stations and sports halls and more. Photographer Rebecca Litchfield captures many abandoned locations, which were either part of the Soviet Union or occupied satellite states during this period of history, including forgotten towns, factories, prisons, schools, monuments, hospitals, theatres, military complexes, asylums & death camps across the former communist states. These photographs deliver a compelling narrative of both moral bankruptcy and flawed ideology. Featuring stunning imagery throughout, this compelling road-trip through the old USSR, breathes new life into these forgotten places, finding both beauty and meaning in their post-apocalyptic decay. Extended essays by Tristi Brownett, Neill Cockwill and Professor Owen Evans, offer considerable contextual depth to the locations imbuing them with a wealth of connection and wonder. By virtue of its holistic approach, the book also explores how and why these once thriving communities became abandoned, whether by natural disaster, man-made catastrophe or simply through the march of time."
Seek out a marine graveyard in Brittany, a spectacular former coal mine in Germany¹s Ruhr basin, an abandoned hospital complex in Poland, ghostly plaster figures installed at a dilapidated church in the Czech Republic, closed-down prisons and asylums, deserted factories...Since the resounding success of his two earlier volumes, published in 2009 and 2013, Sylvain Margaine still travels the world in search of these forbidden places, forgotten by everyone.An exceptional photographic report.
Author: Matthew Christopher
Publisher: Editions Jonglez
Throughout the ages, mankind has been fascinated by the ruins of previous societies. The desire to gain a greater understanding of our past has driven archaeologists, artists, and scholars from across the world to study the vestiges of lifestyles that have vanished in an attempt to capture their mystique and beauty. Originally intended as an examination of the rise and fall of the state hospital system, Matthew Christopher s Abandoned America rapidly grew to encompass derelict factories and industrial sites, schools, churches, power plants, hospitals, prisons, military installations, hotels, resorts, homes, and more. Through his collection of writing and photography, Christopher has spent the last decade documenting the ruins of one of the greatest civilizations the world has ever known: our own. Exploring sites like the charred remains of the Hotel Do De, the rusted cells of the Essex County Jail Annex, the sublime majesty of the Church of the Transfiguration, or the eerie and dilapidated remnants of the New Castle Elks Lodge, the work spans architectural treasures left to the elements and then all too often lost forever."
L' Esprit Du Chemin
Author: William Glover
l'Esprit du Chemin is a guide and tale of pilgrimage on the Grand Chemin of the Saint James Way. The walk of this one thousand mile trail from Paris to Santiago is a journey through medieval Europe and two thousand years of the history of western civilization. Being designated as an UNESCO historic treasure has helped to attract the hundreds of thousands of pilgrims who each year pass over the ancient roads and bridges enroute to pray at the tomb of Saint James in Santiago, Spain. Pilgrims who walk, cycle or ride a donkey have one thing in common. They are never the same after finishing.
Roger and his Humans
Publisher: Europe Comics
Things look like they might be starting to turn around for thirty-odd year old no-hoper Hugo, when he finds a robot in his house on his birthday. But, as he soon discovers, this is no birthday present (no one seems to have remembered to get him anything!), but the handiwork of his cousin, an engineer in the French army, who realized that the robot he had been building was designed to destroy humanity. Forced to hide out with Hugo, Roger – as he decides to call himself – must learn to live with humans... No mean feat!
Author: Jonglez Publishing
Rediscovering our forgotten heritage No Entry'; 'Dangerous Site Keep Out; Trespassers Will Be Prosecuted': common sights on walls or perimeter fences around many of the world's abandoned sites. These warnings allude to potential dangers and prove an ineffective deterrent against thieves and vandals. To the urban explorer/photographer these signs simply serve to whet the appetite for the promise of hidden wonders that may lie beyond. For those who ignore the warnings and climb the fences, what awaits is usually worth the risks. Vast industrial spaces that feel more like an alien landscape or poignant residential settings, which are slowly surrendering to the inexorable advance of nature. Places once alive with sound and movement, now silent and still, but no less sensory. Immense and powerful beauty resides in these forgotten places. For some, just getting inside a location to experience this alternative form of sightseeing is enough to satisfy a desire to simply go where one shouldn't. But for some there is a need to capture the essence of a location in words and pictures, giving others a metaphorical leg-up over the fences, to walk them through the remaining ruins. Matt Emmett falls into the latter of these groups, travelling regularly to places in the UK and across Europe. He seeks out vast power stations and their cooling towers, steel works, mines, bunkers, tunnels, schools, engine sheds, hotels, castles and a myriad of other buildings. All have their own stories to tell in a variety of voices and without the distraction, sounds and people who inhabited them, those stories are clear and strong and the character of each location is laid bare. Architectural Digest: "Photographer Matt Emmett has made a name for himself by pushing the boundaries to capture epic imagery of Europe s most forgotten ruins." International Business Times: "Matt Emmett's 'Forgotten Heritage' photography project uncovers the brutal beauty of abandoned buildings and derelict industry."
The Flash Book
Author: Scott Kelby
Publisher: Rocky Nook, Inc.
Author: Aaron Prevots
Jacques Réda: Being There, Almost studies Réda’s influential work since the 1950s—poetry, novels, literary essays, short prose, jazz histories. It particularly examines places explored and how the ‘world’s energy’ becomes the ideal dancing partner, poetry incarnate in one’s arms.