The Decline of Mall Civilization: by Michael Galinsky

A project in Chapel Hill, NC by Rumur

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A follow up photography book to our 2011 project "Malls Across America". 112 pages of new pictures from 1989.
Backers: 712
Average Pledge Per Backer: $74

Funded: $52,800 of $12,000
Dates: Jul 1st -> Aug 5th (36 days)
Project By: Rumur
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Latest News

Denim, big glasses and LOTS of hairspray! American mall shoppers from the 1980s

November 17th - via:
A new book has gathered together a series of photos capturing the last days of America's great 1980s-era mall culture. (Read More)

12 hours left

August 5th - via:
Now or Never. Less then 12 hours left and your last chance to get a book and a print* Thanks for being an incredible community of support.  When I set out to make these images 30 years ago this summer I had a vision for what I wanted to capture.... (Read More)

36 hours to go.

August 4th - via:
THANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKS We have just 36 hours to go on this campaign. If you know anyone who might want a copy of the book- now's the time to let them know;).  This book will only be in a handful of bookstores so this is their best chance of... (Read More)

3 Days Left

August 2nd - via:
Thank you very much for the support.  It’s been a hectic month, and your encouragement has been very meaningful.  The first six months of 2019 were spent obsessing about this book, so I’m over the moon about getting this done.  We're now... (Read More)

Malls is the week's cover story for Indyweek

July 31st - via:
We made the cover story for Indyweek!   Writer MICHAEL VENUTOLO-MANTOVANI wrote a really amazing article about the project.  In describing the pictures, he said, "The fashions are amusing, the hairstyles embarrassing, the neon signage and... (Read More)

Newest Backer is my Teacher!

July 28th - via:
first page in my Astor Place book My first photo teacher in high school taught me how to use a darkroom but I had to do my own work to start to learn about photography.  I found a few survey books and I remember Lee Friedlander's images of he and... (Read More)

A few more images

July 26th - via:
Here are a few more images from the book. Thanks again for your support. 10 days left- please tell a friend ;) Smith Haven Mall Smith Haven Mall.  (Read More)

New Podcast about the project, the 80's, and Malls

July 25th - via:
Last week I had a great conversation with the Tricky Kid podcast. It's up now.  Take a listen Tricky Kid Podcast We are ramping up our efforts to get the most amazing book printed.  We sincerely appreciate all that you have done to support the work... (Read More)

Films for Backers

July 24th - via:
After the Mall Project we started making films. I recently wrote a long post about them.  In earlier updates I shared links to some of them. Message me if you want a link to any of them.   Thanks again for your support.  (Read More)

More Recent Work

July 23rd - via:
 Other Images South Point mall, Durham NC - December 2013 Texas Monthly might be interested in doing something about the project, but unfortunately, once our car got broken into in San Francisco we drove straight from there to St. Louis. So I don't... (Read More)

Incredible Adventure

July 22nd - via:
Last night we re-watched "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure". It was excellent. Like our photos it was wild to watch it through the context of the future lens. It made it even more exciting to have Ted's support for our project. Before that we... (Read More)

Art Support

July 21st - via:
oI’ve bebooken a bit busy this week. On Thursday I was helping a friend shoot a documentary about The Jungle Brothers and the 30th anniversary of the Natives Tongues movement.  It’s interesting because their first record came out in 1989, the... (Read More)

Upside Down

July 19th - via:
You'll need an HTML5 capable browser to see this content. Play Replay with sound Play with sound 00:00 00:00 In addition to the mall images I have been working on a project called “Upside Down”. These are images shot in a pond and turned upside... (Read More)


July 17th - via:
This Chris Stein Quote had a typo- so sharing it again in case you want to share it. THANK YOU First, I want to thank you all for the support. Yesterday I asked you to share our project and you clearly did because we had almost 50 new backers.  A... (Read More)

Cover Design and new Backer Option

July 16th - via:
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Thanks Again Alex

July 14th - via:
Yesterday Alex Winter gave us an incredible quote for the back of the book.  "Michael Galinsky has distilled America in the eighties down to a raw and potent dream state. At the time, it wasn’t uncommon for art and media to comment on public life... (Read More)

First 3 spreads

July 13th - via:
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Kickstarter Projects We Love- and a free movie

July 12th - via:
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An old interview

July 11th - via:
Here’s an interview I did around the release of”Malls Across America” Thanks again for all the support- every share on twitter, FB, Snapchat, Instagram etc... (Read More)

LA Times

July 10th - via:
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Buzzfeed Strikes Again- Stranger Things post

July 9th - via:
Buzzfeed created a post connecting the dots between Stranger Things and The Decline of Mall Civilization.   If you want to share that link it will get the story trending- which will hopefully lead to some other articles. Thanks again for all of the... (Read More)

Rock and Roll

July 9th - via:
Only a few weeks after I made the trip across the country to shoot in malls I started a band with friends in the basement of our dorm. We came to be called Sleepyhead.  We practiced a couple times a week and destroyed our ears in the cinderblock... (Read More)

Godlis and Theresa Kereakes

July 8th - via:
A few years ago my friend Godlis was doing a Kickstarter for his book of photos largely shot at CBGB in the late 70's and early 80's. I helped him get a few article set up and the thing took off. That book "History Is Made at Night" is fantastic -... (Read More)

The import of boring images

July 7th - via:
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Stranger Things 2

July 6th - via:
I did a quick image search and it is clear that "Malls Across America" was used as set design research. If you want to help spread the word about the Kickstarter please consider sharing this image on Instagram, Facebook, or twitter with a link to the... (Read More)

Stranger Things

July 6th - via:
The set designers of Stranger Things clearly saw this image from "Malls Across America" On the night of the 4th, we sat down and watched episode 1 of the new Stranger Things.  I grew up in Chapel Hill, NC and now live here again after nearly 30... (Read More)

The Americans

July 5th - via:
an image from Robert Frank's "The Americans". Robert Frank's book "The Americans" had a big influence on me as a young photographer. When I set out on my trip I was thinking about him, William Eggleston (an early color photographer) and Gary... (Read More)

Happy 4th

July 4th - via:
Happy 4th!!  We appreciate your support a great deal! This picture from page 101 in the new book was shot at the mall in Columbia Missouri. Two days ago I googled, "mall Columbia Missouri Sears" and saw a shot that depicts this same location with... (Read More)


July 3rd - via:
WOW. We couldn't have imagined hitting our goal 48 hours after launching. We are profoundly grateful for your support! This is great news, and it will allow us to print with the heavier stock. Buzzfeed helped us get the word out, and we were not... (Read More)

Thank you for being the first day Backers.

July 2nd - via:
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