Row houses were designed to abut each other. They’re supposed to be seen in packs. That’s why Ben Marcin’s photos of solitary row houses on empty blocks in crumbling cities are so distinct, almost unsettling. They feel completely out of place.
At first glance, Marcin’s photos seem to fall into the category of ruin porn, a genre that fetishizes urban decay (think Detroit). But he says his photos don’t focus on decay, but preservation. He admires people who refuse to move and want to preserve their homes, even in the face of chaos....Read More
Fox 45 News interviewed me for a TV cover story on some of the remaining solo row houses in Baltimore. Watch me hit the streets to photograph some of these vestiges of the nineteenth century.
Diana Zlatanovski is a museologist at The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and runs the blog The Typologist. Here is her Last House Standing post: