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Abandoned Alberta

by (photographer) Joe Chowaniec

MacIntyre Purcell Publishing Inc.
Initial publish date
Sep 2020
General, Historical, Essays, Western Provinces
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2020
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A love letter to the province offering a window into the past through stunning photography.

The stunning images found in Abandoned Alberta offer a window into our past, showing life as it was then, and stirring in us the emotions of wonder and curiosity about those who have gone before us and the lives they lived. Joe Chowaniec started the Facebook page Abandoned Alberta in January 2017, which today has more than 26,000 members.

Alberta is in Joe Chowaniec's blood, and you might say Abandoned Alberta is his love letter to the province. Where others may see only decay and rot in these long-forgotten locations, Chowaniec sees exquisite beauty.

About the author

Joe Chowaniec is the photographer behind 2020's bestselling Abandoned Alberta. His photography was the subject of a year-long exhibit at the Royal Alberta Museum. Mr. Chowaniec has been published by the Calgary Herald, Times of London, the Guardian and the London Sun. Joe lives in Edmonton.

Joe Chowaniec's profile page

Editorial Reviews

"Every time one of Joe's photos pops up in my social media, I admire his skill, imagine his excitement as the shutter clicked and smile. In Abandoned Alberta, he aims that talented eye at the remnants of days gone by and captures a haunting and sublime tribute to the province he knows so well and loves so much." —BILL WEIR, CNN climate correspondent and host of the TV series The Wonder List

"Thoughtful and evocative. Joe Chowaniec understands the hidden beauty in dereliction and decay." —TIMOTHY ALLEN, BBC Photographer, Planet Earth series the Human Planet