Front Room Gallery is proud to present a solo exhibition of photographs by Paul Raphaelson, entitled "Sweet Ruin". Featuring photographs taken at the site of Brooklyn's Domino Sugar Refinery, Raphaelson's images chronicle the final state of the once bustling industrial complex before its dismantling and demolition.
Brooklyn's Domino Sugar Refinery, once the largest in the world, shut down in 2004 after a long struggle. Most New Yorkers know this 135-year-old industrial relic only as an icon on the skyline, its exterior and beloved Domino sign reproduced on countless T-shirts and skateboard graphics. In 2013, Paul Raphaelson, known for his formally intricate urban landscape photographs received permission from the developers of the Domino site to explore every square foot of the refinery just weeks before its gutting and demolition. Raphaelson is the last photographer given access to the factory.