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Arthur Drooker



An Urban Explorer

“I relish in this unique opportunity to find gems in the junk, order in the chaos and ultimately, singular beauty in the mass of consumption.”

Arthur Drooker is a historian with a camera. He has written and directed Emmy Award–winning television documentaries about some of the unique historical sites in the western hemisphere. To capture the aura of the sights he photographs, he uses infrared photography to highlight the contrasts and evoke the inherent mystery and timelessness of the ruins. 

Projects in his portfolio consist of the books, American Ruins and Lost Worlds. He is also the photographer and author of Pie Town Revisited, a book from University of New Mexico Press that features his photographs of a city first documented in 1940 by Farm Security Administration photographer, Russell Lee. His latest book project, Conventional Wisdom, explores conventions as expressions of community, culture, and connection. In his work, Drooker seeks to expand on the cyclical nature of history, the human yearning for community and the true values of diversity & empathy.

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