Bonnie Tsui over at Atlantic Cities interviews photographer Gregory Halpern about his latest monograph, titled A, which features portraits of Rust Belt residents, places:

The initial intrigue came from growing up in Buffalo. I was always so fascinated by the landscape. The population of Buffalo today is half of what it was at its peak. So much of it is abandoned, reused, re-purposed, and regrown, and I always found that strange and beautiful.

Most of my photos at one point came from Buffalo, and I got tired of photographing the same neighborhoods, so I started going to other cities and feeling a kinship with places I’d never been. I could tell the story of Buffalo specifically, but then I realized it wasn’t just Buffalo, it was about America, life, death, and renewal, too.

[Photograph via Gregory Halpern; Atlantic Cities]

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