Lobby After (Majestic Hotel) [Michael Schwarz]
SINCE STARTING up more than six years ago, the folks behind Abandoned Arkansas have taken us behind the curtain of fading buildings—into bowling alleys, theaters, hospitals, places where it seems people have just stepped away for a while, and others where time and the elements have reclaimed the structures in their entirety. But as Michael Schwarz, the founder of the urban-exploring group, says, there’s a deeper history to those structures: Over the years, members of the group have established personal connections with the places they’ve documented. With Dogpatch USA. With the Arkansas Tuberculosis Sanatorium. With The Majestic. And that’s what you find in their new book of photography and essays, Abandoned Arkansas: An Echo From The Past: Even in its last days, a building’s story is never finished.