For as long as I can remember, I have had a fascination with abandoned things. I've spent countless hours either watching documentaries or scouring the internet for images of places that once thrived. When I saw this book sitting on our shelves, I knew I had to take a look. Andre Govia's photographs pulled me in and captured my attention. From churches to theaters and mental asylums to mansions, Govia has traversed the planet, taking some of the most haunting pictures I have seen to date. Photography experts and novices alike will be able to appreciate Govia's work and the way he has captured the derelict, yet beautiful nature of the things and places he has photographed.— Heather H.
The first book by worldwide Urbex pioneer Andre Govia brings you the definitive document of cinematic abandoned photography. Having explored over 800 indvidual locations Andre takes us on a journey behind the facade of abandoned buildings to discover the hauntingly beautiful discoveries within. Welcome to Never Never Land... Andre Govia is a legend among urban explorers. He has taken his camera into over 22 different countries worldwide to document the Narnia of global urban decay left behind by the march of time. Nobody better captures the haunting poetry of these spaces, as Andre leads the reader on an emotional journey through a world most will never see. Abandoned Planet brings you an epic collection of Andre Govia's work, never before seen in print. The pathos, the magic, the profound sadness of each image invites you to contemplate not only the eventual failure of all human endeavour but also the difficult to describe, indistinct yearning for a world less civilised, a nostalgia for wild spaces - for a life less tame. Let the bittersweet melancholy of Andre Govia's majestic photography get under your skin.