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Ellis Island: Ghosts of Freedom

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For five years (1998-2003) New York photographer Stephen Wilkes explored the hospital complex that comprised the south side of Ellis Island. Neglected for almost fifty years, the buildings were in a state of extreme disrepair: lead paint peeled from the ceilings and walls, vines and trees grew through the floorboards, detritus and debris littered the hallways. In rooms lon ...more
Hardcover, 152 pages
Published October 17th 2006 by W. W. Norton Company (first published October 16th 2006)
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Ana Rusness-petersen
This book, and the photographs in it, are AMAZING!

A couple of years ago, I stumbled across a couple of these images on postcards in the Cultural Center of Chicago's gift shop. Then, recently, I heard there was an entire book featuring this artist's work.



Finally in my hands, I could not soak up the genius of this book fast enough. As a photographer myself, the sheer opportunity the author/photographer, Stephen Wilkes, had was one-in-a-million, granted special permission which allowed him the cha
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Julie
Yes. Absolutely stunning. The hospital complex on Ellis Island was left to decay for 50 years. Photographer Stephen Wilkes spent five years photographing this eery remnant. Studying the photos one can't help thinking of all the immigrants who came so far, only to be hospitalized and die on the island.
And why is this beautiful?
Why does this touch me more than I imagined photographs empty buildings could?
The beauty of impermanence.
The way time and nature can reclaim and transform even the most
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Alexis
Jun 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely stunning, haunting photography. This would make an excellent coffee table book you'll want to pick up again and again.
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amazing color photographs of a collapsing piece of american history.
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