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Photographer Captures the Haunting Images of Disappearing Rowhomes

Updated: Thursday, December 12 2013, 08:04 PM EST

Over the next three years Baltimore City will use eminent domain to demolish more than 1,000 abandoned rowhomes. Out of the blight is an architectural quirk, known as the solo row home.

Now one man is trying to capture the phenomenon before they vanish forever.

Photographer Ben Marcin says with every home there's a story hidden behind the door - and that it took 30 years to realize that some of his most haunting and important work was in his own backyard.

"20 years ago I'd fly around the world to do my photography, now I just go down the street,” Marcin said.

Not all of the homes slated for demolition are abandoned.

"The ones that are still interesting to me are the ones still lived in, these are people who didn't want the city to tear their house, weren't afraid, and were going to stick it out," Marcin said.

Marcin's work has received international acclaim but many of the people living in east and west Baltimore had no idea that their home ended up in gallery. However, the artist has now begun bringing pictures of his work to the residents as one by one he captures houses that will soon vanish forever.

The photos will be on display starting December 18 at C Grimaldis gallery on North Charles Street in Baltimore until the end of January.

Photographer Captures the Haunting Images of Disappearing Rowhomes


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