The large and prosperous American cities have been built, destroyed, and built again more than a few times over. What remains visible in them from previous era has been culled and carefully selected with thought of a profit to be made and a history conveyed. Poverty gets only to act as uncaring conservator, accountable for what is not valued and unremittingly overwhelmed by its expanding collection. The developer is agent of simultaneous destruction and creation, running a program of obliteration and preservation. This operation is not immeasurably distant from the photographer in pursuit of an exacting vision, driven by concerns of inclusion and exclusion, selecting and eliminating and writing a sort of history by this.


Schenectady, 2010

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