The hardcover book of The Olympic City project, 1,000 copy limited edition. 200 photos by Jon Pack and Gary Hustwit, with notes from the photographers and a foreword by New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman. 10″ x 10″, 240 pages, clothbound. Designed by Paul Sahre. Less than 100 copies remaining.
The Olympic City is an ongoing documentary photography project by Jon Pack and Gary Hustwit that looks at the legacy of the Olympic Games in former host cities around the world. Hosting the Olympics has become a way for a city to show itself off on an international stage and generate toursim dollars, and cities spend millions or billions for the privilege. But after the events are over, the medals have been handed out, and the torch is extinguished, what’s next? What happens to a city after the Olympics are gone?
In The Olympic City, Pack and Hustwit document the successes and failures, the forgotten remnants and ghosts of the Olympic spectacle. Some former Olympic sites are retrofitted and used in ways that belie their grand beginnings; turned into prisons, housing, malls, gyms, churches. Others sit unused for decades and become tragic time capsules, examples of misguided planning and broken promises of the benefits that the Games would bring.
The book includes photographs of the first 13 cities in the project: Athens, Barcelona, Beijing, Berlin, Helsinki, Mexico City, Moscow, London, Los Angeles, Montreal, Lake Placid, Rome, and Sarajevo.