“At the beginning of 2001, I began taking pictures of recently abandoned offices,
and the things people had left behind. This project was more than photography for
me. It was economic archeology. America has not suffered such a vertiginous economic
collapse since the 1930’s, and I wanted to document the human cost, while it was happening.
There is something very strange about walking into a recently abandoned office. The
heavy, Pompeii-like stillness, punctuated only by the occasional sound of the air-conditioning,
turning itself on. A coat-hanger waiting patiently for a coat. A limp happy-birthday
balloon on the floor. A drawer stuffed with take-out menus. Everywhere, signs of life,