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Ferit Kuyas: Industrial Interiors

Edition Stemmle, 1999. 120pp. £50. (Distributor Art Books International 0171 720 1503)

'Old factories have a peculiar fascination for me. Inside them I feel like an archaeologist searching for traces of a bygone civilisation,' says photographer Ferit Kuyas of the decade he spent with his large-format camera seeking material for Industrial Interiors.

His subjects are the now defunct buildings of Switzerland - mills, breweries, a refuse incineration plant and, above all, power stations. Some of these interiors - the hall of huge gleaming generators in the power station at Eglisau, for instance - look oddly pristine, as if the cleaners have only just left; elsewhere the sense of redundancy and dereliction is more intrusive. In the early decades of this century the Precisionists celebrated the machine age; here is the melancholy reprise. As they should be at the price, Kuyas' photographs are superbly reproduced and intelligently sequenced in this Edition Stemmle book.

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