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Photojournalist, Artist and Activist in CLEVELAND United States

Bio: Seph Lawless is a pseudonymous American-based photojournalist and political activist,who has deliberately chosen to keep his identity concealed. In recent years, he has maximized social media platforms to encourage and promote creativity to fight and struggle against injustice and oppression.

Lawless began photographing urban decay in 2001. In 2012 and 2013, he traveled across the United States photographing man-made desolation, forgotten landscapes and other symbols of industrial decline, mostly in the Rust Belt. Photographing abandoned factories, churches, theaters, buildings, hospitals, houses, schools and hotels, he wound up with approximately 3,000 images and 17 hours of video footage, culminating in his first book, Autopsy of America, published in 2014.

Stemming from Autopsy of America, Lawless’s follow-up, Black Friday: The Collapse of the American Shopping Mall, with photos from late-2013 through April 2014, documents the demise of old symbols of American commercialism, honing in on abandoned, decaying and boarded-up shopping malls. By documenting broken parts of the country in Black Friday, Lawless intended to show the world a vulnerable side of America, and to generate awareness about poor and disenfranchised Americans.

Seph Lawless remains one of the most visible artist on social media and was recently named a featured user on Instagram, which routinely features his images on Instagrams Explore page. A feature that reaches millions of its users worldwide. It would be here where celebrities and personalities including Rihanna and Rachel Maddow , who would come across Lawless' photographs. Both of which strongly support Lawless' work and vision.

Seph Lawless has appeared on FOX NEWS, ABC NEWS, CBS, NBC, THE WEATHER CHANNEL, NEW YORK DAILY NEWS among many others.




Lawless' book Autopsy of America and Black Friday can be found below:

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Autopsy of America

@ VOL 21 ON FEB 21, 2014

Enigmatic artist Seph Lawless uses his photographs to capture the abandoned, neglected areas of America as a metaphor for our decaying society. By transforming social media into a social movement, Seph hopes that his work will spark political debate and constructive dialogue.

"Presentation of the Day" on May 28, 2014.