The clarity with which Federico Buchbinder photographs texture, light, and colour is almost otherworldly, creating grandiose scenes of abandoned buildings against the prairie sky and breathing life into forgotten corners of rural homes.

Federico Buchbinder is an Argentina-born photographer currently living in Manitoba. Forsaken Manitoba: Abandoned Life on the Prairie showcases works taken in Manitoba towns such as Carberry, Anola, Ste. Elizabeth, and Piney.

Reflecting in his work, Buchbinder says, “I think of my photos as visual documentation of a face of the province that is rarely seen, a face that is disappearing as abandoned rural buildings get older and collapse. It's my way of preserving this bit of Manitoba's history for posterity. I can't think of a better venue than the Mennonite Heritage Village to show these photos.”

Federico’s photography has been used or published by, among other notable organizations and publications, the National Geographic Society, the American Museum of Natural History, and Smithsonian magazine.

Forsaken Manitoba is on display at MHV in the auditorium and art hallway through September 30, 2013. Prints of his works are available for purchase through MHV and his website (Submitted by Jessica McKague) is Steinbach's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

About the Author

Barry is the Executive Director of the Mennonite Heritage Village. While he does not consider himself to be a historian, he places a high value on the preservation and interpretation of the Mennonite and pioneer stories that help people of all ages understand and appreciate their heritage. Learn more about the MHV.