Narratives From Urban Life In America [Pics]

A series of photographs capture abandoned buildings in Detroit.

Images of libraries, police stations, banks, hotels, and theaters devoid of human presence tell the story of neglected areas within the city. Along with a striking gallery of images, the Guardian describes The Ruins of Detroit:

The book’s photographs suggest the countless strange and sad narratives from urban life in America in the mid-to-late 20th century. It is also a book of testimony, which not only illustrates the dramatic decline of a major American city, but of the American Dream itself. Many of the images seem post-apocalyptic, as if some sudden catastrophe has struck downtown Detroit, forcing everyone to abandon homes and workplaces and flee the city.

Guardian “Detroit in ruins: Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre’s extraordinary photographs documenting the dramatic decline of a major American city”

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Photographed by: Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre