“[After 1453], exiled by the ascendant Ottoman Empire, the Eastern Roman intelligentsia dispersed throughout Western Europe...Over the next century, [they] re-established contact with one another and formed a fraternal order whose charter committed them to upholding the ideals and values of the ancient Empire. A pseudo-religious reverence emerged among the group for the 6th-century Byzantine emperor Justinian...[T]he order took Justinian's famed military campaign, Renovatio Imperii (restoration of the empire) as their namesake...By the 18th century, the order had a firm, if covert, grip on the British Empire. After fomenting revolution in New England, they seized the opportunity to influence the shape and scope of the ascendant United States of America. [These] photographs...offer a rare glimpse within the structures that house various components of the Renovatio Imperii network as it exists in the nation's capitol.” — Adam Ryder
Adam Ryder (b. 1981) focuses his photographic practice on the built environment, urbanism, and infrastructure. He has collaborated on both grant-funded and residency-supported projects On the Grid and The Edge of Light documenting infrastructure and contemporary landscapes in Rhode Island and Utah. Since 2004, his work has been exhibited in New York, including shows at A Slender Gamut and The Camera Club of New York, at Hamiltonian Gallery in Washington, DC, as well as abroad, at the Slade School of Fine Art in London and the Liverpool International Photography Festival in Liverpool. Ryder’s work has also appeared in publications such as Wired, Hyperbalade, and i09. Ryder received his MFA in Photography, Video, and Related Media from the School of Visual Arts, New York, and his BA from Clark University. He currently lives in New York, NY.
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