Lost worlds: ruins of the Americas

lost worlds(Photo credit: Antique Collectors’ Club, ACC Editions. Image above shows a black and white photograph of Machu Picchu with the title of the book, Lost worlds: ruins of the Americas)


Lost Worlds explores the most distinctive sites in Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean.

This stunning publication represents the culmination of a three-year project by award-winning photographer Arthur Drooker. Drooker captures the magic and mystery of more than thirty ruins in sixteen countries.

His fantastic images, shot in infra red format on a specially adapted digital camera, expose crumbling, overgrown walls, broken columns, and cracked arches in ways most readers will have never seen before.

These inspired photographs comprise a powerful visual meditation on the cultures, conflicts and conquests that forged the New World. He offers readers a new way of viewing the landscape as well as an enhanced vision of the collective identity of the Americas.

This extraordinary collection perfectly portrays the architectural, geographic and historical significance of ruins that are considered world wonders alongside little known gems.  It transports the reader on a journey to ancient temples, abandoned palaces and lofty citadels.

Included are

  • monumental temples of Mexico’s Mayan civilization
  • a Colonial era palace on the island of Haiti
  • earthquake-ravaged cathedrals in Guatemala
  • astonishing Incan citadels in Peru’s Sacred Valley – culminating with the breathtaking beauty of Machu Picchu.

In addition to the more than one hundred photographs, Lost Worlds features a foreword by noted writer Pico Iyer and brief text detailing the rise, fall and lasting significance of each ruin.

Evocative and enlightening, Lost Worlds will stir the imagination of those with a passion for photography, travel, history, architecture, and archaeology.

You can find further details of Lost Worlds on the main catalogue, available in ‘Catalogues’ on the Library’s website.