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Phillip Buehler

American

The photographer Phillip Buehler has devoted his career to exploring obsolete sites, what he calls “modern ruins.” Captured in states of evocative decay, his subjects have included an abandoned psychiatric asylum, a Cold War missile silo and an offline power plant.

In late 2019, Buehler's body of work on view in the exhibition “Mallrat to Snapchat: The End of the Third Place” — at Front Room Gallery, in New York — may have elicited more nostalgia than the others. It was a look at New Jersey’s defunct Wayne Hills Mall and, by extension, at the dying culture of middle-class suburban shopping centers across the country.

"I started photographing abandoned places the same year the mall opened, 1973, when I was a senior in high school," Buehler told The Study. "At the time, New York was falling apart, with empty piers and abandoned or burned-out buildings everywhere. Back then, nobody was photographing them, so I had no art references — most were cinematic. Two films released in 1968 made a big impression on me: 2001: A Space Odyssey and Planet of the Apes."

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"F-106 Delta Darts, AMARG, Arizona" Color Photograph, limited edition
By Phillip Buehler
Located in New York, NY
In Buehler’s color photograph from a military airplane storage yard in Arizona, the F-106 Delta Darts parked in alignment, their silver tails recede into the...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Phillip Buehler

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Archival Pigment

Four Photograph Set, Abstract Landscape Conceptual Color Photograph series
By Phillip Buehler
Located in New York, NY
Included are four 18"x24", signed, editioned color photographs. Each of the four photographs depict a a different landscape painting hung on a distressed wall. From a rural town vi...
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2010s Contemporary Phillip Buehler

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Archival Pigment

"Church Steeple" conceptual color photograph, rural landscape, abstract wall
By Phillip Buehler
Located in New York, NY
This 18"x24", signed, editioned color photograph, contrasts an image of a rural town landscape painting, against the highly textured aqua, teal, turquoise blue painted wall, which reveals a cream white underpaint layer. Time and age have created an image of beautiful decay with the cracked and peeling paint, which creates an amazing visual backdrop to the painting. The pairing of the two in this photograph compliment each other on a sensory level and bring out thoughts of nostalgia and longing. Phillip Buehler is a New York based photographer who documents the deterioration and remnants of neglected architecture constructed in the recent past. He is arguably the first to coin the neologism “modern ruins”. His photographs published in “Woody Guthrie’s Wardy Forty,” have won numerous awards, documenting the singer/songwriter/activist’s life at Greystone Park Psychiatric. He received his BA at Rutgers University and his MFA in photography at School of Visual Arts. Phillip Buehler has been featured in Art in America, The New York Times, Art News, The Art Newspaper, Wall Street Journal, American Photo Magazine, The Huffington Post, Hyperallergic, Gothamist, Art F City, The Sun, ABC, CNN, and numerous other publications. Phillip Buehler Church Steeple...
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2010s Contemporary Phillip Buehler

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Archival Pigment

"Water Well" color photograph, autumn farm landscape painting on abstract wall
By Phillip Buehler
Located in New York, NY
18"x24", signed, editioned color photograph. A lush Fall farm landscape with greens fields, orange trees and red barn painting is contrasted by the placement on a highly distressed wall. Multiple layers of paint in various colors from teal blue, pink, beige, and orange are peeled and cracked creating an abstract pattern of color behind the landscape painting in this photograph. Time and age have created an image of beautiful decay with the cracked and peeling paint, which creates an amazing visual backdrop to the painting. The pairing of the two in this photograph compliment each other on a sensory level and bring out thoughts of nostalgia and longing. Phillip Buehler is a New York based photographer who documents the deterioration and remnants of neglected architecture constructed in the recent past. He is arguably the first to coin the neologism “modern ruins”. His photographs published in “Woody Guthrie’s Wardy Forty,” have won numerous awards, documenting the singer/songwriter/activist’s life at Greystone Park Psychiatric. He received his BA at Rutgers University and his MFA in photography at School of Visual Arts. Phillip Buehler has been featured in Art in America, The New York Times, Art News, The Art...
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2010s Contemporary Phillip Buehler

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Archival Pigment

"Water Wheel" color photograph, waterfall landscape painting on abstract wall
By Phillip Buehler
Located in New York, NY
18"x24", signed, editioned color photograph. In this conceptual photograph, the artist has paired a painting of watermill, in a rural landscape with a highly distress wall. The bab...
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2010s Contemporary Phillip Buehler

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Archival Pigment

"Church Dome" color photograph, rose pink abstract wall, town road landscape
By Phillip Buehler
Located in New York, NY
18"x24", signed, editioned color photograph. The rose pink textured wall of the distressed background in this photograph complements pinkish reds of the road depicted in the rural town landscape painting, which was selected and placed by the artist to have this interaction. The red tones in horizontal stripes of the exposed wood lathing strips on the wall that the painting is hung, add to the visual texture with the white paint under the peeling pink paint. Time and age have created an image of beautiful decay with the cracked and peeling paint, which creates an amazing visual backdrop to the painting. The pairing of the two in this photograph compliment each other on a sensory level and bring out thoughts of nostalgia and longing. Phillip Buehler is a New York based photographer who documents the deterioration and remnants of neglected architecture constructed in the recent past. He is arguably the first to coin the neologism “modern ruins”. His photographs published in “Woody Guthrie’s Wardy Forty,” have won numerous awards, documenting the singer/songwriter/activist’s life at Greystone Park Psychiatric. He received his BA at Rutgers University and his MFA in photography at School of Visual Arts. Phillip Buehler has been featured in Art in America, The New York Times, Art News, The Art Newspaper, Wall Street Journal, American Photo Magazine, The Huffington Post, Hyperallergic, Gothamist, Art F City, The Sun, ABC, CNN, and numerous other publications. Phillip Buehler Church Dome...
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2010s Contemporary Phillip Buehler

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Archival Pigment

Thunderbolt Sign, Coney Island
By Phillip Buehler
Located in New York, NY
edition of 5, signed on reverse. This photograph was taken in 2000 of the the Thunderbolt rollercoaster in Coney Island prior to its demolition. The Thunderbolt was a wooden roller...
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2010s Contemporary Phillip Buehler

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Pigment

"Atrium" large scale color photograph, Wayne Hills Mall (Modern Ruins) framed
By Phillip Buehler
Located in New York, NY
limited edition of 5, signed on reverse by the artist, Phillip Buehler. This photograph has a kaleidoscope feel in the geometric pattern of blue clouded sky tiles and salmon coral diamond paneling. It captures the view of the open panel ceiling of the atrium in the abandoned Wayne Hills Mall...
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2010s Contemporary Phillip Buehler

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Archival Pigment

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