Thursday, August 29, 2013, by Amy Schellenbaum
Americanized model homes and liquor stores are not the only neighborhood foibles that have grabbed photographers’; attention. For German-born photographer Ben Marcin, the plucky row houses left standing in cities on America’;s Eastern Seaboard—so-called “nail houses” that are the leavings of gentrification, unrealized developments, and stubborn homeowners—are the kind of domestic oddity that his shutter snapping. Why? “Many details that might not be noticed in a homogenous row of twenty attached row houses become apparent when everything else has been torn down. And then there’;s the lingering question of why a single row house was allowed to remain upright. Still retaining traces of its former glory, the last house standing is often still occupied.” The shot above is in Baltimore, but others in his Last House Standing series sit in Philadelphia and Camden, N.J. Have a look, below.