Vincent Feldman on the Abandoned City

VINCENT FELDMAN and the Abandoned City in conversation with Ken FinkelMarch 13, 4:30 PM, Paley Library Register and spread the word on facebook!

Photographer Vincent Feldman has made a career of capturing the architectural ghosts of our city, the remainders of our built environment that have been rendered obsolete by the constant changes of the city and nation. His photography captures commercial, cultural and government buildings left vacant throughout Philadelphia. He has also worked on photography projects focusing on the built and natural environments of the Gulf Coast, the Ivy League schools and overseas, in Europe, Japan and China. Join photographer Vincent Feldman in conversation with Temple’s Ken Finkel, as they discuss Vincent’s artistic oeuvre around the abandoned city. City Abandoned: Charting the Loss of Civic Institutions in Philadelphia, Feldman’s first monograph, will be released by Paul Dry Books next Fall.

Since 1993, Vincent Feldman has produced photographs of public landmarks in the Philadelphia region creating a detailed inventory of abandoned civic structures. His work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions in Philadelphia at the Paley Design Center and the Open Lens Gallery at the Gershman Y, and in group exhibitions at Moore College of Art & Design, the Allentown Art Museum, the Philadelphia Art Alliance and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Feldman received his BFA from George Washington University and his MFA from Tyler School of Art. His work is in the collections of the Allentown Art Museum, the Free Library of Philadelphia, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Zeit-Foto Salon and KOWA, Tokyo. Feldman was awarded Pew Fellowship in 2001. He is currently a Master Lecturer at the University of the Arts and Adjunct Assistant Professor at Tyler School of Art and Philadelphia University.

Kenneth Finkel joined Temple University as a Distinguished Lecturer in 2008 having previously served as Curator of Prints and Photographs at the Library Company of Philadelphia, Program Officer at the William Penn Foundation and Executive Director of Arts & Culture Service at WHYY. At WHYY, he developed cultural programming for TV, radio and the web. Finkel posted weekly columns at Brownstoner-Philadelphia (Philadelphia Magazine’s “Best Blog” for 2010) and now contributes weekly essays illustrated by images from the Philadelphia City Archives at

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