CHARLESTON

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Founded in the late 17th century, the city of Charleston is ancient by American standards. By turns a college town and tourist trap, its litany of well-preserved architecture can make it seem like a movie set. This ersatz feeling is intensified by the city’s surroundings, a mix of drab backcountry communities and resort towns.

 
 


A recent stopover there gave me ample time for exploration.  My intention: To determine whether Charleston’s charm was authentic or if the city had morphed into little more than a simulacrum. 

I admit I didn’t ultimately find an answer to my question. But at least I tried. 
 

 
 
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Photography Zach Pontz