Collection by Luke Hopping

8 Otherworldly Photos of What the Future Was Supposed to Look Like


For her new monograph “Lost Utopias,” photographer Jade Doskow spent nine years visiting former World’s Fairs, from the Eiffel Tower to the Space Needle. What she found were grandiose engineering marvels, once beacons of the future, now beginning to gray as they enter their twilight years. The quietness of her photos captures the effect of time on architecture and ideology, reminding readers that consensus in both arenas remains elusive.
“Lost Utopias” will be published by Black Dog Publishing on October 14.

Montreal 1967 World’s Fair, Man and His World, Habitat ’67, Day View, 2012. Photo by Jade...
Vancouver 1986 World’s Fair, World Exposition on Transportation and Communication, Science Center/Expo Center ’86, 2014.
Photo by Jade...
Brussels 1935 World’s Fair, Exposition International du Bruxelles, Palais de Expositions (Grand Palais), 2008. Photo by...
New York 1964 World’s Fair, Peace Through Understanding, New York State Pavilion, Winter View, 2014.
San Francisco 1939 World’s Fair, Golden Gate International Exposition, (originally) Palace of Fine and Decorative Arts,...
St Louis 1904 World’s Fair, Louisiana Purchase Exposition, Flight Cage (View 2), 2013. Photo by Jade Doskow.
Paris 1937 World’s Fair, Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne, Nudes, Palais de Tokyo,...
Seattle 1962 World’s Fair, The Century 21 Exposition, Space Needle, 2014.
San Francisco 1915 World’s Fair, Panama-Pacific International Exposition, Palace of Fine Arts, Grand Rotunda Entrance,...
Seattle 1962 World’s Fair, Century 21 Exposition, Science Center Arches at Night, 2014.

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