Narratives From Urban Life In America [Pics]

Narratives From Urban Life In America [Pics]

A series of photographs capture abandoned buildings in Detroit.

Francisco Hui
  • 5 january 2011

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

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