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Michael Borek, a photographer of Czech origin, grew up under communism in what he describes as “newly created, cheerless urban landscapes.” He found these constructions depressing, and was instead drawn to the old buildings with disappearing signs. That these structures were dilapidated and deteriorating only added to their appeal for him. Borek continued to be fascinated by the “visual archeology” of urban decay after he moved to the United States in 1992. He says: “I have always appreciated things that are absurd and bleak. And I am unable, even now, to “let go,” even though I live in a place with a beautiful view of the Potomac River. My friends joke that, with my camera, I am able to turn the most stunning scenery into drab Eastern Europe.