The hauntingly beautiful photographs by Caemerrer of China’s new – but empty – cities reminded me of Burtynsky’s photographs of industrial over-reach.

Burtynsky Shipyard

Burtynsky Shipyard

Burtynsky has recorded the disasters of the Modern industrial revolution in the form of photographs that display the patterns and textures of its very demise.

But even in the midst of technical and mechanical horrors, Burtynsky has the habit of injecting the evidence of man’s humanity.

The horror of the picture file of China’s new Cities is that the hand of man is evident in the built form but absent from its occupation.

One photographed the haunting beauty of disaster, the other the disaster of beautiful but soulless haunts.


This is part of a series of blogs on China’s empty cities that triggered a series of Integral City thought capsules and thought experiments. See also:

A City Without People is not a City 

Building a