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sephlawless Never before seen video inside an abandoned mall moments before I would take the picture of what would eventually be the cover of my book entitled Black Friday. My images from that project would eventually go viral and would be shared and viewed over 16 million times worldwide. Enjoy... 2w

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sephlawless "You wouldn’t believe the conditions they live in. It’s like you’re in a third world country." Seph Lawless says. "You see the children and just emotionally break down. They deserve better."-Thought Catalog (June) 2w

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sephlawless This is the childhood playground of Lebron James. It's been reported that over the last several months Lebron has been impacted by the recent decline of Cleveland and Akron. Several reports are indicating that his decisions are bigger than basketball and that it just isn't about building a basketball team. It's about building a community.
Recently, my work has gone viral and has brought my city's problems to the world stage. I often times get criticized for showing my city as vulnerable and weak, but the goal is to spread awareness of these issues not ignore them. Sometimes we don't just return home because we belong, but because we are needed.
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  •   millilou MIss you steph! ! 3w
  •   sephlawless @millilou You too!!! Text or write me!!!! 3w
  •   knittybitty I. Hope what you say is true regarding his decision being more than about bball. I live in Toledo the Hopeful in the Cleveland/Detroit sandwich. My sister gave my brother a kidney at the Cleveland Clinic last month. A jaw dropping place of LOVE, hope, and technology. We got lost on the way to the interstate....drove thru jaw dropping urban blight and decay. Much like Detroit, Toledo has its share of the same. I agree that it is paramount to expose the underside of things....bringing them to light it's the only cure. I also believe it is imperative to look at, for, and to the good. 3w
  •   rustlord @pablocruise33 There are many who hope for change. Fantastic shot, @sephlawless just last week Lebron was the topic. Never under estimate the power to influence from words and photography 2w
  •   bella_vabeach So sad. You would hope someone with the money and passion for his sport would want to preserve his own childhood spots for future kids to enjoy. Your photos truly inspire @sephlawless @kingjames 2w
  •   lannon787 This is just amazing Seph.... The world should award your brilliance for bringing the issues of the often mistaken notion of 'the perfect North America' to light... This is our reality 6d
  •   rebecadbauchery Amazing shot! Brutal yet beautiful at the same time... 4d

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sephlawless At first glance this would appear to be an image of a woman suffering a severe episode of acute stress. Perhaps, an Israeli mother that just suffered the consequences of a suicide bomber. Maybe a Palestinian mother who lost her children in an Israeli air strike. Maybe an American wife that just found out her husband was killed in Afghanistan. Never under estimate the power of denial and how skewed humanity has become. This image captured hours ago by an Associated Press photographer portrays a woman upset that the Brazilian football team ...lost a game.

This message was brought to you in part by the pseudonymous American Artist and Activist known as Seph Lawless.
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sephlawless "I think we are facing a very frightening time in American history, so I want my images to scare people," said Lawless. "I hope people see my images and see the beginning of the end of the greatest economic machine that the world has ever seen... America."-CNN 4w

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sephlawless To watch my entire interview with CNN that ran earlier today and to see never before seen video footage of inside of these abandoned malls visit link in IG profile or visit SEPHLAWLESS.COM ...under Press 1mon

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sephlawless 2:43 pm: Arrested

3:02 pm: Booked
Detective: I like what you do, but I'm tired of seeing all these kids in their 20's, some even younger that when I arrest them for trespassing they all say your name as why there doing this kind of stuff. These kids are seeing you on the news and want to be just like you, so as long as you're all over the news this is gonna keep happening.

Me: Being in the media..both social and print is an intricate part of what I'm doing...(My lawyer interrupts)
4:11 pm: Bonded/Released

5:00 pm: CNN pre-recorded interview

5:30 pm: Al-Jazeera pre-recorded interview
9:30 am: Court
Today at 1:40 pm EST. Radio interview with the London radio show Midori House, live at 18:40pm London time. [REPEAT]
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sephlawless "America is like a ride at an amusement park. We'll keep saying our country is great and fun until it stops working."-Seph Lawless (Terra Post-Spain; May 2014) 1mon

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sephlawless Black Friday-The collapse of the American shopping mall by Seph Lawless is a coffee table photo book accompanied by personal written accounts of people that grew up in these malls. Their memories and stories are as haunting as the images. Available now world wide. All major credit cards accepted. Hardcover, paperback, limited edition and as a best selling eBook for 2014.

Visit WWW.SEPHLAWLESS.COM or click link in IG profile.
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sephlawless Thursday 19 June 2014 06.02 EDT

It is hard to believe there has ever been any life in this place. Shattered glass crunches under Seph Lawless’s feet as he strides through its dreary corridors. Overhead lights attached to ripped-out electrical wires hang suspended in the stale air and fading wallpaper peels off the walls like dead skin.

Lawless sidesteps debris as he passes from plot to plot in this retail graveyard. When Lawless stops to overlook a two-storey opening near the mall’s once-bustling core, only an occasional drop of water, dribbling through missing ceiling tiles, breaks the silence. “You came, you shopped, you dressed nice – you went to the mall. That’s what people did,” says Lawless, a pseudonymous photographer who grew up in a suburb of nearby Cleveland. “It was very consumer-driven and kind of had an ugly side, but there was something beautiful about it. There was something there.” Gazing down at the motionless escalators, dead plants and empty benches below, he adds: “It’s still beautiful, though. It’s almost like ancient ruins.” To read full interview with the Guardian click the link in my IG profile or visit them at: http://www.theguardian.com/cities/2014/jun/19/-sp-death-of-the-american-shopping-mall
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  •   c0reyann My Dad is the one that installed that elevator and did all of the electrical work on it. He was so darn proud of it. He has passed away and this image really makes me sad :( 1mon
  •   tattedmama18 Is this photo also based on a game "The last of us"? It's so beautiful! 1mon
  •   sephlawless @c0reyann I wish I could of put that in my book! Thank you! 1mon
  •   sephlawless @tattedmama18 A lot of my pics were used by video game developers over the years 1mon
  •   hayyitscharley I love your photography! I love taking photos too but I wouldn't dare enter any of these buildings - you are very brave! My mum told me about your page in Facebook but I don't use Facebook as much as Instagram so I followed you on here instead! ️ I love love love LOVE your photography and hopefully someday I will take photos just as good as yours! 4w
  •   sephlawless @hayyitscharley Hey, Charley thank you! And welcome 4w

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sephlawless 50 years ago this used to be the fourth largest city in America. In 1960, the city of Detroit actually had the highest per-capita income in the entire nation. Today, one-third of Detroit's 140 square miles is either vacant or derelict. A staggering 60 percent of all children in the city of Detroit are living in absolute poverty.
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sephlawless Today Cleveland was ranked one of the U.S.'s worst cities to raise a family. Cleveland ranked almost dead last among the most populated 150 U.S. cities. Out of the 150 cities ranked, Cleveland had the highest divorce rate, the 3rd-highest poverty rate and fourth-lowest median family income. The data was determined based on quality of education, housing, job creation and poverty.

This message was brought to you in part by the pseudonymous American Photojournalist and Activist known as Seph Lawless.
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sephlawless To watch full interview with Fox News Cleveland that ran earlier tonight click link in my IG profile or visit my website WWW.SEPHLAWLESS.COM 2mon

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sephlawless 'There's a void, a deep absence in the youth today. They not only lack a father to look up to, but really anyone they can look up to and they hunger for that. We are beginning to see that sense of loss and hunger with the younger artist today and it's very exciting.'-Seph Lawless (Lavenir; Les photos saisissantes de l’agonie des centres commerciaux américains) 2mon

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sephlawless "Most Americans never read a book after they graduate high school, so I came out with a photo book." Seph Lawless (ABC NEWS) 2mon

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sephlawless 'At the highest point of the largest abandoned factory in the world lies a hidden paradise that resembles another planet. The roof mostly gone from decay and fire damage. The rubber from the roof melted onto the cement columns that still stands strong ...resembling large mushrooms. Grass and plant life has found a way to flourish on nothing but concrete and debris seven stories above the soil. I never understood why mountain climbers would spend so much time, energy and even risk their life trying to get to the highest mountain peak, but now I understand...Now I get it. It's for this. A view only a few people can witness. It's enough beauty to make your chest feel like its going to cave in. The sun is setting. Time to descend back down...into reality.'-Seph Lawless (Autopsy of America-p.31) 2mon

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sephlawless I was very fortunate to have been one of the few that photographed this haunted house in Cleveland, Ohio several years ago. The city of Cleveland demolished this house a few days ago, after a dead body was found inside the abandoned house earlier this year. The body had been dismembered and ruled a homicide. The murder is one of several that remain unsolved. Someone was killed in Cleveland every 3.8 days in 2013.
This message was brought to you in part by the pseudonymous American Photojournalist and Activist known as Seph Lawless.
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sephlawless This is the Liberty Theatre that opened in 1918. I could tell you in a thousand words how beautiful it was, but after all I took a picture. It was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1984. It's now a parking lot...an empty parking lot.

This message was brought to you in part by the pseudonymous American Artist and Activist known as Seph Lawless.
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