Incredible Photos of America's Malls in the 1980s

Throughout the 1980s, as America's downtown districts declined in importance and the “big-box” stores began their slow march across the country, malls became increasing central to American popular culture, dominating the social life of a large swath of the population. In 1989 Michael Galinsky, a twenty-year-old photographer, drove across the country recording this change: the spaces, textures and pace that defined this era.

(Photos © Michael Galinsky, courtesy Steidl, via Shooting Film)

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