The Big Picture

Abandonment Issues

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Steven Boss ’71, SW’76, BUS’78

Steven Boss ’71, SW’76, BUS’78 is a New York-based photographer whose specialties include shooting locations in various states of abandonment. “This is the top, top level of a double-decker movie palace in New Jersey, just outside the projection room,” Boss says. “I love the half-moon windows and the Dali-esque folded window, the rust and dust on the radiators, the hanging metal, the flotsam on the floor and the view way out yonder. This area was relatively spic and span; the path up was another story — dark, dangerous, circuitous — a virtual minefield. It can be a challenge shooting under adverse conditions, but it’s such a pleasure to create images of grace, beauty and serenity out of the chaos.”

See more of Boss’s favorite abandoned places in Online Extras.