Matthew Christopher's new book, dismantling the dream, is an examination of the changes taking place in an educational system beset by budget cuts, building closures, and job losses. Comprised of photographs of nine schools that have already closed and are in disuse and one building that is in the final months before its closure at the end of the 2010-2011 school year, dismantling the dream is an exploration of what comes in the aftermath and what gets left behind. Filled with over 40 photographs, this limited edition 8x10 collector's book is an excellent companion to the website and a vibrant yet haunting reminder of the true cost of the hundreds of school closures across the United States.
Matthew Christopher has been fascinated with ruins since a very young age, but it was his work in the mental health field and his interest in its history that led him to actively pursue abandoned asylums. From that point forward, he began searching for as many different styles of abandonments as he could find. Currently he has photographed derelict prisons, schools, amusement parks, ships, quarries, refineries, resorts, factories, distilleries, stockyards, houses, and many more. His website and photography were designed to help others understand his love for forgotten and unappreciated structures and to share the sites with those who may not have the chance to see them before they are erased. Matthew has displayed his pictures at many galleries, been featured in several publications, assisted historical and preservation societies, and given lectures on his work. He plans to continue his efforts to visit as many sites as possible.