Paperback, color photos, 80 pages 
Published in February 2006
ISBN 0977274225


Please note: This book is out of stock, but the author has made a PDF copy available online. A photo from the book was recently featured in PDN and a review of the work appeared on the OCDI website in January 2008.


by Alison Zarrow

A photographic journey through abandoned historic structures in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

In this book Alison Zarrow, a high-school student and award-winning photographer, shows us her hometown from a unique perspective. Focusing solely on the abandoned and neglected, Zarrow brings Tulsa's forgotten architecture back to life.

Abandoned Tulsa takes the reader inside a variety of vacant structures: the birthplace of televangelism, a Camelot-themed hotel, a deserted bowling alley, and more. Part urban adventure, part historic record, Zarrow's documentation spotlights the last human traces inside rapidly decaying buildings. Photos of fading signs and collapsed furniture provide a poignant narrative of inhabitations before and after the owners moved on. Zarrow's personal observations of these visits are framed in a historic context, providing an illuminating view of Tulsa's social and architectural development.

With an introduction by Julia Solis, author of “New York Underground.”

Click here for an article on Alison Zarrow and Abandoned Tulsa in Tulsa World.

The winner of two national photography contests, Alison Zarrow received the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa's 2005 Young Artist of the Year Award. Her work has been shown in juried exhibitions nationwide and in the fall of 2004, she had a solo exhibition at the University of Oklahoma - Tulsa. Her work has been the subject of feature articles in Tulsa World, Urban Tulsa and Tulsa Kids.