Maxwell MacKenzie is one of the most important architectural photographers working in the United States. The nine black and white images in this exhibition were selected from a series entitled 'American Ruins', illustrated in a book of the same title published in 2001 by the Afton Historical Society Press, Afton, Minnesota.
They were drawn from several hundred photographs shot in a series of visits he made between 1996 and 1999 to north central and western areas of the United States, landscapes and architectural images imprinted in his visual memory from growing up in the northwestern Minnesota town of Fergus Falls, about 60 miles from Fargo, North Dakota.
These are contact prints shot on film. None of this work is digitalized. The images resonate with the pristine archival crispness of classical vintage photography.