Ruin Porn and the Obsession with Decay

  • Siobhan Lyons

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. American Ruin

  3. Photographic Ruin

  4. Alternative Ruinscapes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 135-135
    2. Nancy Cushing, Michael Kilmister, Nathan Scott
      Pages 155-177
  5. Virtual and Mediated Ruin

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 235-237

About this book


This collection is the first book to comprehensively analyse the relatively new and under-researched phenomenon of ‘ruin porn’. Featuring a diverse collection of chapters, the authors in this work examine the relevance of contemporary ruin and its relationship to photography, media, architecture, culture, history, economics and politics. This work investigates the often ambiguous relationship that society has with contemporary ruins around the world, challenging the notions of authenticity that are frequently associated with images of decay. With case studies that discuss various places and topics, including Detroit, Chernobyl, Pitcairn Island, post-apocalyptic media, online communities and urban explorers, among many other topics, this collection illustrates the nuances of ruin porn that are fundamental to an understanding of humanity’s place in the overarching narrative of history.


Ruin Porn Ruin Tourism Solastalgia Waste Environmental Humanities

Editors and affiliations

  • Siobhan Lyons
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural StudiesMacquarie UniversitySydneyAustralia

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