PHILLIP BUEHLER | DOCUMENTING MODERN RUINS SINCE 1973 | SHARING ONLINE SINCE 1995

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Airplane Graveyard

Outside Tuscon, Arizona in the Sonora Desert is AMARC, the Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Center. Here the U.S. Air Force mothballs planes until they either need them again or it’s time to salvage them for parts. Whenever the U.S. sells surplus planes to foreign governments part of the sales pitch is that there will always have a ready supply of spare parts. Some are turned into pilotless drones and used for missile target practice.

There are about 4,000 planes in storage, most now from the Vietnam era. I only wish I’d been able to go in the 60’s when there were still planes from World War II there. You can also see the photographs I shot of AMARC in 1999.

I’ve been collecting the stories people have sent. Here are a few:

“Every pilot I have ever talked to wants to visit but never does. It’s kind of like an elephant graveyard, mysterious, exciting, a place where all kids dreams go. I think that’s why not many of the pilots I’ve talked to have ever really tried to visit. I saw a documentary on the aircraft graveyard. They showed a part where they cut up the B-52’s, all my pilot buddies were silent, I think if each of them were alone, they would have been crying.”

“It shows the incredible creativity as well as the incredible destruction man is capable of.”

When you’re finished looking at these photos you can find out about tours of the boneyard given by the Pima Air Museum at the official AMARC homepage.

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Airplane Graveyard

Cape Canaveral

Cape Canaveral

Fort Slocum, Davids Island, NY

Fort Slocum, Davids Island, NY

Ellis Island

Ellis Island

Hahn Airbase, Germany

Hahn Airbase, Germany

Greystone Park – One Last Look

My final trip to Woody Guthrie’s “Wardy Forty,” just one week ahead of the wrecking ball. Continue reading

Greystone Park – One Last Look

1964/65 NY World’s Fair

1964/65 NY World’s Fair

Titan II Missile Silo, Tucson

In the Sonoran desert outside Tucson is the remnants of a Titan II missile silo. Someone scrapped off the dirt and got down to the shell, but couldn’t get in. Continue reading

Titan II Missile Silo, Tucson

Greystone Park Hospital, NJ

Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital was abandoned in the 1970s with the deinstitutionalization of patients. It is where Bob Dylan first met Woody Guthrie, and the topic of my book, “Woody Guthrie’s Wardy Forty: Greystone Park Hospital Revisited.” Continue reading

Greystone Park Hospital, NJ

North Brother Island, 1975

North Brother Island, 1975

S.S. United States

I’ve been documenting the ship since 1999, with about 40 photographs on this website. Many of the then/now composites were featured in the recent PBS documentary, SS United States, Lady in Waiting. I’m hoping to add more soon. Continue reading

S.S. United States

Asbury Park

Asbury Park

Artworks


Street Fossils – 2015 "Street Fossils" installed in Bushwick by placing objects into the path of the asphalt roller.

Street Fossils – 2015

“De-Shredded,” 2015 I "appropriated" police documents that were shredded and left out for recycling and "de-shredded" them.

“De-Shredded,” 2015

“Inside Ferguson,” 2015 A 360 degree, walk-in panoramic photo that lets people step into Ferguson and onto the spot where Michael Brown died.

“Inside Ferguson,” 2015

“Complex 34,” 2011 A 360 degree wrap-around photograph of the abandoned Complex 34 launch pad at Cape Canaveral.

“Complex 34,” 2011

“In Lieu of Flowers,” 2009 An installation about the people who once worked at the now-demolished Westinghouse Plant in Newark.

“In Lieu of Flowers,” 2009

“Windows of the Soul,” 2008 An installation for the "Brainwaves" exhibit, curated by Suzanne Anker at Exit Art in New York in 2008.

“Windows of the Soul,” 2008

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Review in Hyperallergic of “Mallrat to Snapchat”

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A nice New Year’s surprise with a featured story in Hyperallergic!
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Exhibition Featured on “State of the Arts”

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Susan Wallner did a wonderful piece about my show at Front Room Gallery for her “State of the Arts” program, which airs on NJTV, WNET and ALL ARTS – a great mix of footage from the gallery, old movie clips and music from 1973, the year the Wayne Hills Mall opened.

https://youtu.be/PbsWR8U4RP8

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Artnet Editor’s Pick

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“Mallrat to Snapchat” is an artnet pick !

sam+goodyMallrat to Snapchat: The End of the Third Place” at Front Room Gallery

If you don’t feel like lining up outside a mall as soon as you’ve digested your Thanksgiving turkey, the Lower East Side-based Front Room Gallery has a very different experience for your Black Friday. Artist Phillip Buehler has been photographing some of the nation’s most deserted and decrepit sites for decades, and in his new series he’s exploring the demise of the commercial shopping mall. The timing feels especially poignant as centers like Hudson Yards and New Jersey’s forthcoming Dream Mall are cropping up.

Location: Front Room Gallery, 48 Hester Street

Price: Free
Time: Opening reception, 7 p.m.–9 p.m.; Thursday–Sunday, noon–6 .p.m.

—Caroline Goldstein

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