A graduating senior at the Art Institute of Boston and a native of Colorado, CJ Heyliger has been featured in Taking In: The Best of AIB Photography and multiple shows at AIB’s Gallery South. In addition, he was juried twice into the PRC Student Exhibition and also featured on the cover of the 2004 student issue of in the loupe. Currently, he is studio manager and digital printer for Peter Vanderwarker and darkroom assistant to Jack Lueders-Booth.

Featured online are selections from his project on industrial cities in New England, begun in January 2005. From Lowell, MA to Lewiston, ME, Heyliger is tracing the current condition of cities that once boasted large fiber industries along with their attendant system of mills, canals, dams and railroads. A 21st-century Walker Evans in the making, Heyliger creates images that are both historical and contemporary in aesthetics and approach. In his skillfully composed and beautifully printed gelatin silver prints, Heyliger hopes to offer a current document of this post-industrial past—from dormant and dilapidated sites to converted museums and high-end lofts—during this important time of transition.

- Leslie K. Brown, PRC Curator

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Sarah Sorg
January 2006

Jaclyn Salvaggio
December 2005

Chandra Meesig
November 2005

Dutch Huff
October 2005

Shirin Adhami

September 2005

Anne McMahon
August 2005

Ri Anderson
July 2005

Jonathon Wells

June 2005

Lior Neiger
May 2005

Rania Matar
April 2005

Liz Daly
March 2005

Steve Deane
February 2005

Andrew Warren
January 2005

Jane Hesser
December 2004

Jessica Burko
November 2004

Amy Montali

October 2004

Luke Snyder

September 2004

Matthew Gamber
August 2004

Mariliana Arvelo
July 2004

Ken Richardson

June 2004

Julie Melton
May 2004

Marlo Marrero
April 2004

Erik Gould
March 2004

Mori Insinger
February 2004

Jen Kodis

January 2004

Amber Davis
December 2003

Paul Taggart

November 2003

Marla Sweeney
October 2003

Dylan Vitone
September 2003

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about the Northeast Exposure.



During the industrial revolution America’s landscape became dotted with mills and factories. In New England specifically, a vast system of mills, dams, railroads and canals spread rapidly along bodies of water such as the Merrimack and Blackstone Rivers. This was a period of rapid invention and innovation, allowing goods to be produced at rates faster than ever before. This golden age of manufacturing ended in New England shortly after the second World War. As a result of cheaper labor and materials overseas, and a growing domestic interest in communications and information technology, manufacturing in America is presently at an all-time low. Despite the decline of the industry, the enormous utilitarian structures built to house it still remain a part of our landscape.

These vacant buildings, many of which have been empty since the companies last shut their doors, are presently in a state of transition. After sitting empty for so many years there has been an interest by developers and city planners in giving these buildings a new life in their modern cities. Some are renovated into loft spaces or galleries, others are demolished in order to make way for new businesses and others are still awaiting their destiny. My goal is to document this period of transition as these structures are given new roles in the modern economy.

In order to accomplish this I have extensively photographed mills and factories in various locations around New England. I am interested in not only how these buildings have adapted to their now-modern cities, but also how the environment around them has evolved. Some have been integrated into a modern skyline while others have become completely overgrown by nature. By observing these changes one can begin to draw conclusions as to how these regions react and interact with their history. This catalogue of images will serve as my addition to the long lineage of photographs of these structures; depicting these buildings in the nineteenth, twentieth and now, the twenty-first century.

CJ Heyliger, 2006

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