Urbex Books

Recommended urban exploration books

Here are some recommendations on books about urban exploring and abandoned places. I have read them all and so should you if you are into urbex. Great books to have in your bookshelf for inspiration. 🙂

Abandoned Places (English and Dutch Edition) is the book that ignited the spark for my interest in abandoned places in the first place. I read it back in 2008 when I didn’t knew what urban exploring was. It made me start looking for places in Norway to visit and photograph. Great book and thanks for the inspiration.

Abandoned Planet is the long awaited book of my favourite urban decay photographer, Andre Govia. He is a great explorer and nice guy. No one has his processing style and and compositions.



Access All Areas: A User’s Guide to the Art of Urban Exploration provides you with tips and tricks for entering abandoned or live places (infiltration). Very entertaining reading and you might pick up a few useful tips. Written by the legendary explorer Ninjalicious.


Beauty in Decay: Urbex
 is with awesome pictures from abandoned places from well-known photographers in the urbex community. Tonemapping and HDRI images are frequent in this book. There’s some pages to read as well.


Beauty in Decay II is the new and updated version of the Beauty in Decay series with more pictures of awesome places. Not the same amount of HDRI images as the first one and more text.


States of Decay is another fantastic book. I bought it in Tate Modern in London myself. Lots of great pictures from decayed and neglected places in USA.



Forbidden Places: Exploring Our Abandoned Heritage contain pictures of explorations forgotten churches, neglected castles, deserted train stations, prisons and mental asylums, a cemetery of rusted locomotives, abandoned steel factories, phantom metro stations, and more.



Forbidden Places: Exploring Our Abandoned Heritage (Jonglez Guides) (Volume 2) has more of the amazing pictures of Sylvain Margaine inside. Recommended.




My own book – ‘Forlatte steder’

I’ve made a book called ‘Forlatte steder’ which means ‘Abandoned places’ and is a complete urbex photography book. It has 240 pages with photography and a few pages with text. The book is a photo project that shows buildings and places that are no longer being used and are abandoned. Slowly but surely, nature works to take back and break down the places people once built and no longer need. Paint peeling on walls, rust, broken glass, silence, left behind objects from a lost era is some of what makes photography it so exciting.

The pictures are taken on journeys to Germany, UK, Austria, Sweden and Norway in the period 2009 to 2012 and shows the old mental hospitals, sanatoriums, bunkers, hotels, amusement parks, old industrial sites and a car cemetery name a few. Some shots are pure documentation photos, while others are processed through a HDR technique to increase the mood trying to imagine what the world would look if humans suddenly disappeared.

How to buy:

– The printed hardcover book can be bought on blurb.com for $85.95 and soft-cover $71.95:
– There are also an ipad Ebook version for $14.99:

If you buy any of the versions, feel free to give me constructive feedback and comments so I can improve on upcoming books. Drop me an email or something. If you want to be on a notify list when I have translated it to English, send me a message as well.

It looks like this:

5 thoughts on “Urbex Books

  1. Hæi,
    I have a new book on Pripyat out.”A Pripyat Summer” is the first of a 2-volume photojournalistic epic documenting Christiansen and Anderson’s weirdly insightful urban explorations into the haunted, radiated, hillbilly shithole that is the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone in the eastern Ukraine.
    An preview is available here: http://bit.ly/1EvkhyE

    Contains loads of nice Pripyat-photos.

    Jon / Mabel The Label / Urbex.abandon.dk

  2. Hello! Has your book been translated yet? My Swedish is good but I know Norwegian is its own language… 😉

    1. Hi, Not yet. Too many other plans. Actually, I find Norwegian and Swedish to be quite similar, but I know Swedes have more trouble with Norwegian than vice verca. We are brought up with Pippi Langstrømpe and Emil I Lønneberget in Swedish as well. 🙂

  3. I understand. Can you add me to your notification list though? We also have Peppi Pitkätossu in Finland and Eemeli too. 😉

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