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ISBN: 9781733973076
Publication Date: October 20, 2020
Pages: 128

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A photographic journey behind the opaque storefronts of shuttered retail spaces, and their magical worlds of compositions and modern ruins.


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In Capital, Mark Hage reframes the story of gentrification, and in photographic portraits of shuttered retail spaces captures the hidden soul of the city. Exploring the accidental compositions that emerge in the built environment, he invites us to view an alternative to increasingly over-mediated spaces in photographs of what is abandoned, altered, left behind, gutted.

Mark Hage

is long based in New York’s SoHo neighborhood, and has taught at Parsons, Harvard, and Yale on the narratives of form and structure from ancient times to the present. His work has appeared in NOON and A Public Space, where he is a contributing editor.


Each rectangle is its own poem. If I were teaching painting, I would use Capital as a textbook.

Anne Elliott, author of The Artstars

Hage’s own design sense is exquisite: walls of color or lines or blotches, depths of field extending into unlit edges, snaking wires and interior transom windows, all framed to locate the viewer as the sole observer, the watchperson, watching for the next moves of capital.

Ron Slate, On the Seawall

Capital’s images capture the vestiges of this neglect with an eye for demolition’s compositional accidents. Hage’s camera zooms in on walls stripped down to scarred and textured abstractions, outlets and wires bereft of purpose, and columns that stand sentry over emptiness.

Louis Bury, Hyperallergeric

As rents and demand, profit and loss, do their dance, hooks and plaster, paint and particleboard register the churn ... Capital is a compendium [of] behind plate glass, and an act of "bereavement for a city rapidly becoming something else."

Urban Omnibus


Lit Hub, Mark Hage on "The Private Lives of Shuttered Stores"