Gigi Cifali’s Absence of Water

Published September 8, 2009 by Graham


The mouldering, decrepit swimming pools in photographer Gigi Cifali’s series Absence of Water are hauntingly sublime relics of another era, remnants of a vibrant past. Many of the pools she eulogizes in her somber images were built at the height of Britain’s public baths craze of the 1930s, falling out of favor in the latter part of the century until declining attendance forced many of them to shut down.

While dozens of these pools have been demolished since the Thatcher era, Cifali has been documenting the remaining pools like an archeologist of the very recent past, presenting these fallen beauties in all of their forlorn enigmatic glory.

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  1. Hannah says:

    You should check these amazing photos out: