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Award-winning photographer Joe Chowaniec shares the bestselling ‘Abandoned Alberta’


We’ve all had those moments: spotting an old abandoned building by the side of the highway, marvelling at its eerie beauty, and wondering about the story behind it.

These decaying buildings have given Joe Chowaniec the inspiration for his brand-new photography book: Abandoned Alberta. The collection immediately became the number one bestselling photography book in Canada. It’s also been garnering rapturous reviews worldwide – from the likes of the BBC, and legendary anthropologist Jane Goodall.

CKUA’s own Grant Stovel caught up with Joe to find out what it’s been like to visit and photograph these sites:

You can find Abandoned Alberta at some of your finer local bookstores here in the province. Some independent shops even have signed copies! Plus, it’s available in Alberta & worldwide at