Ghosts of Shopping Past: The Failed Illusions of American Consumerism
Photography by: Brian Ulrich, Chicago
Ghosts of Shopping Past is a photo-documentary by Brian Ulrich, a photographer who lives and works in Chicago. His work has been shown in the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; the Art Institute of Chicago; and the Museum of Contemporary Photography. He is a 2009 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellow.
Brian Ulrich’s photographs of closed-down malls and big-box retail stores reveal the potential ghost towns lying inside successful shopping complexes all across America. His photo-documentary is a testament to the devastating impact of the current financial recession, as well as to the failed illusions of a lifestyle based upon unbridled American consumerism.
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