Shattered Dreams Revisited


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Shattered Dreams Revisited

Lauren R. Pacini

Local photographer Lauren R. Pacini has published, in cooperation with Western Reserve Historical Society, a stunning collection of black and white photographs of Cleveland as it is today, against the backdrop of its rich history in his new book Shattered Dreams Revisited, The Death and Rebirth of the Midwest Industrial City. Pacini enhances the 54 compelling images with provocative narrative and the insightful writings of Cleveland-area students.

Local historian and author, Virginia P. Dawson, Ph.D. says, “Lauren Pacini captures the defacement, neglect, and flinty beauty of Cleveland’s built environment. His striking black and white photographs are grist for the poetry of his Cleveland students. Pacini’s lens finds beauty and structure in what others choose not to see. In addition to his students’ poetry, his photographs are accompanied by an accurate and insightful text that amplifies and finds evidence of rebirth in the detritus of the city’s past."

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