Caleb Stein

I have a brief opinion piece in the New York Times about Caleb Stein’s astonishing photographs.

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. — When I accepted a job to teach literature and writing at Vassar College in the summer of 2005, a colleague told me that Poughkeepsie — lesser known to some as the Queen City of the Hudson — was a city caught in post-industrial decline. I had a vague notion of what that looked like: boarded up homes and offices, the husk of dead factories with broken windows and overgrown grass, rusted cars, businesses gone to seed.