Historic Preservation

Joseph Elliott


Joseph E. B. Elliott specializes in photography of historic infrastructure, industry and architecture. Over the past 30 years he has worked with clients such as the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS), the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the University of Pennsylvania,  Argonne National Laboratory, and various cultural resource and engineering firms. His work is in the collections of the Athenaeum of Philadelphia, the Library of Congress, Lehigh University, and the Minneapolis Institute of Art. His photographs have been published in Common Ground, Smithsonian, Wired, and Metropolis. Elliott's books include a monograph, The Steel, published by Columbia College Chicago Press in 2013 and Palazzos of Power, co-authored with Aaron Wunsch, published in 2016 by Princeton Architectural Press. Elliott’s third book, Finding the Hidden City, with Peter Woodall and Nathaniel Popkin, will be released in 2017 by Temple University Press. Educated at the University of Minnesota and Pratt Institute, Elliott is a Professor of Art at Muhlenberg College, Allentown, Pennsylvania.


11/5/2017: 'Hidden City': Finding the Philly of the Past, Philadelphia Inquirer

11/1/2017: Philadelphia: Finding the Hidden City, Publishers Weekly

11/2017: Philadelphia: Finding the Hidden City, Temple University Press

10/30/2017: Philadelphia: Finding the Hidden City, Architects + Artisans

10/23/2017 Philadelphia: Finding the Hidden City, Aspire: Design and Home

2/27/2017 Cathedrals of Power: Philadelphia's Abandoned Turbine Halls- in Pictures, The Guardian



Moss-Coane, Marty, et al. “Hidden City.” Radio Times, WHYY, Philadelphia, PA, 27 Nov. 2017.
Work and Research

Cover photograph by Joseph Elliott