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Enduring images of 2022


By Carmen Gentile

In 2022, Postindustrial ventured well beyond the boundaries of Postindustrial America to cover communities facing deadly strife around the world. 

The war in Ukraine threw a once-vibrant nation into disarray and forced millions from their homes. Postindustrial contributors chronicled the Russian aggression at the outset of the war, producing stories that brought the conflict to the pages of our award-winning magazine. 

Meanwhile, Postindustrial also continued to chronicle the lives of Afghans who were forced from their homeland and started new lives in America. 

We also brought you fun stories from abroad, like the tale of a delightful couple whose next chapter entails traveling and living in an old Belgian Army vehicle, turned into a modern-day tiny home. 


Mark and Jaqueline Lambert in a converted military vehicle, parked in Sarajevo. After losing their jobs, they decided to downsize and began to travel in a 1990 Volvo N10 Army truck. Says Lisa: "In a postindustrial world, we may all have to live with less. Yet, when circumstances imposed it upon us, far from feeling deprived, our minimal lifestyle has been an outstandingly positive experience." Photograph by Lisa Rothig

The most popular images included a shocking bridge collapse in Pittsburgh and photographs from a contentious midterm election.

We also took a close look at the armed militant groups in our region in the wake of the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol coup attempt, through the podcast, Extremely American.


Finally, we finished out the year with simple, yet beautiful images from the Postindustrial town of New Castle, Pennsylvania, that have seemingly struck a chord with so many of you.

Carmen Gentile

Carmen Gentile is founder and editor-at-large of Postindustrial. He has worked for some of the world’s leading publications and news outlets including The New York Times, USA Today, CBS News and others. His book, “Blindsided by the Taliban,” documents his life as a war reporter and the aftermath of his brush with death after being shot with a rocket-propelled grenade in Afghanistan.

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