“this strangely emotional and sad book is indicative of a new genre of photography coming out of the USA at the moment. One where artists have suddenly awoken to the silent drama that is happening just outside their own city limits and down the road a piece
Black&White Photography Magazine, U.K. July ’08 issue
“The haunting yet eloquent photographs in the book, TIME WEARING OUT MEMORY explore America’s historical architecture and link us back to the past"
Glasgow Herald Sunday Supp. Herald Magazine, May 10, ‘08
This week we’re spooking ourselves silly looking at images in TIME WEARING OUT MEMORY photographers Steve Gross and Susan Daley’s poignant, powerful images of the rundown houses of Schoharie County New York. Full of crumbling clapboard and rusting cars, these pictures look like a storyboard for a sequel to The Blair Witch Project.
here's what Andrea Walker said in her New Yorker blog , The Bookbench;
When I was seven we moved from town to a crumbling farmhouse surrounded by fields gone wild and outbuildings clotted with brambles and vines. There was a half-burned bank barn, with arrow slits in the wall that had once provided ventilation; a smokehouse with a rotting door and a litter of stray kittens under the eaves; a two-story wagon shed with a long narrow corncrib and stalls that had once housed farm animals but were now strewn with old bottles, blankets, and twisted heaps of scrap metal and wire. Best of all, across the train tracks that ran behind the back of our property was a deserted cabin, with blackened boards and broken windows, a place that provoked in me equal amounts of terror and longing, for being both so familiar and strange. The eerie photographs in “Time Wearing Out Memory“—images of the abandoned buildings in Schoharie County, “the oldest continually farmed county in New York,” according to the book jacket—give me the same feeling. Joyce Carol Oates writes of this fear and fascination in her essay “They All Just Went Away,” which appeared in the magazine in 1995: Where a house has been abandoned—unworthy of being sold to new tenants, very likely seized by the county for default on taxes and the property held in escrow—you can be sure there has been a sad story. There have been devastated lives. Lives to be spoken of pityingly. How they went wrong. Why did she marry him, why did she stay with him? Just desperate people. Ignorant. Poor white trash. Runs in the family. A wrong turn. —Andrea Walker
Photographers Gross and Daley have documented their distinctive perspective on the decay of rural Schoharie County in upstate New York. As architectural photographers, they illustrate their subjects—schoolhouses, barns, churches, Masonic halls, firehouses, and general stores— in a style that avoids kitsch and sentimentality. The photographers respectfully pay homage to the eras they are representing; there are no digital shots in this reverential documentary series. Gross and Daley shoot with a simple wooden camera and sheet film, a style that is in keeping with the historical nature of their architectural subjects. There are surprises that invite a close look—a doghouse covered in early 20th-century New York license plates, a 1940s-era car abandoned in an orchard, a farmhouse hidden by overgrown weeds. The book features a fine introductory essay by novelist Jeffrey Lent and a photographers' note on the actual locations in the photographs. The authors have published seven earlier books, including Old Houses and Creole Houses. Recommended for general collections.—Shauna Frischkorn, Millersville Univ., PA
here's what the MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW had to say; Time marches on, but some cling to the past. "Time Wearing Out Memory: Schoharie County" is a look through countless black and white photographs through the history of a small rural county in the state of New York. The poignant photos serve as reminders to the American past and an inspiration for the future of the American dream, making "Time Wearing Out Memory: Schoharie County" a highly recommended addition to community library photography collections and anyone seeking a poignant coffee table book.