John Vidumsky has been exploring abandoned spaces for as long as he can remember. He recently received an MA in history from Temple University, where he studied 20th-century Russian history. Currently, he works for Hidden City as Head of Research and Client Services. In his spare time, John plays Celtic harp, runs a drum circle and does photography.
Passionate about history? Love a good treasure hunt? Well so do the so called privy diggers. What they do is certainly controversial, but it follows from a basic instinct to convene with the past. John Vidumsky caught up with "Digger George" for an interview, Peter Woodall went on-site for photos > more
Hidden City has covered more churches and schools that have closed, are closing, or might be closing, than we'd really care to. John Vidumsky has plotted them on a citywide map to illustrate just how widespread the closings have been, and to place them into their geographical context > more
The Neck? South Philly swampland coveted by urban dreamers for more than a century was finally tamed for refineries, the Sports Complex, and FDR Park. The turning point: the six-year-long "pig wars" and the final end to South Philly's agrarian history. John Vidumsky recreates the showdown with pigs as proxy for the yeoman lifestyle and an interview with one of the last surviving homesteaders > more
Our master of the occult John Vidumsky finds himself inside a Thelemite temple, talking magic worship and DIY construction with the occult religion's local leader Frater Lux ad Mundi, whose name means “Brother of Light to the World” > more
Under the El in Frankford an ordinary sneaker store masks the only "atmospheric" movie palace in the city, the Circle Theater > more