Founded in 1871 after the Civil War, Birmingham rapidly grew as an industrial enterprise due to the abundance of the three raw materials used in making steel—iron ore, coal, and limestone.
Birmingham's rapid growth was due to the booming iron and steel industries giving it the nickname “Magic City” and “Pittsburgh of the South.”
The city was named after Birmingham, England, as a nod to the major industrial powerhouse. The iron and steel industries began to dry up by the early 1970s, leaving behind dozens of abandoned structures that now dot the city's landscape.
In the last several years, Birmingham has begun to experience a rebirth. Money has been invested in reconstructing the historic downtown area into a pedestrian-friendly mixed-use district.
In Abandoned Birmingham
, photographer Leland Kent gives the reader an in-depth look at the forgotten buildings and factories throughout the city.
||6 ¾ × 9 ¾ inches
||15 July 2018
||150 colour photographs
Leland Kent grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, where his family still resides. He completed a bachelor's degree at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and later became a self-taught photographer. Leland created a blog, Abandoned Southeast, in 2016 to document and share the urban ruins he has explored. Leland feels it is important to preserve these places for future generations through photography. His photos have been featured and can regularly be seen in a variety of worldwide publications. Leland enjoys historical research, road trips, and sharing his finds through his blog. He currently lives in Florida with his wife. Check out more of Leland's work at www.abandonedsoutheast.com.