Will Ellis is a Brooklyn-based architectural photographer and the author of Abandoned NYC.

In addition to his commercial practice photographing architecture and interior design, Will has nurtured a passion for history and the urban environment with a series of personal projects on New York City subjects. The work has taken him across the five boroughs and beyond to document the forgotten corners of the United States' most populous city, including dozens of its most incredible abandoned spaces and an evocative collection of objects he's picked up along the way.

His latest work-in-progress, Arthur Kill Road, uncovers the quiet beauty and rich sense of place of Staten Island (a borough of New York City), recounting the island's history through its relics, ruins, and historic architecture.

Will's photography has appeared in print and online in numerous publications including the New York Times, New York Magazine, Slate, Wired, and Architectural Digest.  He's lectured at the New York Public Library, Brooklyn's Morbid Anatomy Museum, St. John's University, and the Apple Store at Grand Central Station.

Email for shoot requests, image licensing, and general inquiries. 

Selected Press

Features & Articles

2015 - New York Magazine “A City of Tenacious Ghosts
2015 - Wired “Exploring the Abandoned Spaces of NYC
2015 - The New York Times “An Album of New York City Blight
2015 - Artnet News "New York's Forgotten Buildings Inspire New Book"
2015 - The New York Times "New York Today: Abandoned and Vanishing Places"
2015 - Architectural Digest "Peek Inside New York City's Abandoned Spaces"
2015 - Flavorwire "Fascinating, Evocative New Images of New York’s Abandoned Spaces"
2015 - New York Observer "New Book Spotlights the City's Eeriest Locations"
2014 - Feature Shoot "Grimy, Discarded Objects Tell Fascinating Stories"
2014 - Conde Nast Traveler Spain "The New York Nobody Knows"


2016 - F-Stop Magazine "Interview with Photographer Will Ellis"
2016 - European Photography "Urbanics, The Contemporary City"
2015 - Artfile Magazine "Finding the Lost City"
2015 - Complex “Will Ellis Explores the Most Beautiful Abandoned Spaces in New York City
2014 - Time Out New York "Spotlight Interview: Will Ellis"
2014 - Shutterstock Blog "Explore the Abandoned Spaces of New York City with Photographer Will Ellis"

Audio & Video

2016 - Any Time with Vin Forte "Guest: Will Ellis"
2015 - Slate “Searching for Hidden Treasures in New York’s Abandoned Spaces
2015 - Vocativ "A History Abandoned" Episode One, Episode Two, Episode Three
2015 - CUNY TV "Arts in the City: Abandoned NYC"
2015 - WFUV “Cityscape: Urban Exploration
2014 - WFUV "Cityscape: Lost and Found"