Ruin porn – it's been doing the rounds for quite a while now. From exhibitions on the abandoned former Eastern bloc to guided urban exploration tours of decaying Detroit, rotting wood and crumbling concrete have become stunning staples of our visual culture.

However, with his new book – a continuation of his internationally acclaimed Abandoned America series – Matthew Christopher does something different: he encourages us to see the story behind the ruins.

From schools and hospitals to malls, movies theatres and ghost towns, Christopher's project explores the the quiet catastrophes that riddle U.S. public life, demonstrating the fragility of the American dream.

Abandoned America: Dismantling the Dream, published by Carpet Bombing Culture,is available now for £25. Matthew Christopher's entire catalogue of modern ruins is available to view online at or on Instagram at abandoned_america