The Garner Center for Photographic  Exhibitions at the New England School of Photography will open “Ruin: Photographs of Abandoned Architecture” by Brian Vanden Brink of Camden with a 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. reception Wednesday, Oct. 12.

In this body of work, Vanden Brink examines rural, industrial, post-industrial and abandoned architecture and its relationship to the landscape. There he discovers a fascinating world of shapes, textures, spatial relationships and history.

“I love to photograph how and where we live, seeing in our architecture an expression of what we value,” Vanden Brink said of the work in “Ruin,” featured in his Down East Books volume of the same name.

Vanden Brink was born in Omaha, Neb., in 1951 and began his career in photography there. He moved to Maine in 1978, where he has built an award-winning career in architectural photography for the last three decades. His work has been featured widely in a variety of design and consumer publications such as Architectural Digest, Architectural Record, Boston Globe Magazine, Coastal Living, Dwell, Design New England, Down East, Maine Home + Design, New England Home, New York Times Magazine, Photo District News and View Camera Magazine. In addition, he has published several monographs such as “Ruin” and his latest publication, “Porch.” Vanden Brink teaches workshops at the Maine Media Workshops in Rockport.

The exhibition will run through Nov. 19 at the Garner Center, 537 Commonwealth Ave. Gallery hours are Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information about the artist, visit

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