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Michael Borek, a photographer of Czech origin now based in Bethesda, Maryland, grew up under communism in what he describes as ?newly created, cheerless urban landscapes.? He found these constructions depressing, and was instead drawn to older buildings from the 1920s and 1930s with disappearing signs, which reminded him of the ?good old times? that he never experienced. That these old structures were dilapidated and deteriorating only added to their appeal. Borek continued to be fascinated by the ?visual archeology? of urban decay after he moved to the United States in 1992. He says: ?I have always appreciated things that are absurd and bleak. And I am unable to ?let go.? My friends joke that, with my camera, I am able to turn the most stunning scenery into drab Eastern Europe.? His latest project, ?Lace Works,? was shot in an abandoned lace factory in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

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