Detroit: Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre

A while ago Andreas showed me an impressive photo gallery from the Guardian: it was a photo-reportage on the ruins of Detroit, Michigan. I was so stunned by the images, and at first I thought they were surreal digital manipulations. They are not. On the Guardian website I read: “In downtown Detroit, the streets are lined with abandoned hotels and swimming pools, ruined movie houses and schools, all evidence of the motor city’s painful decline.”

These are some of the pictures from the book The Ruins of Detroit, by Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre.

United Artists Theater

Michigan Central Station

St Christopher House, ex Public Library

Fort Shelby Hotel

Ballroom, American Hotel

Willian Livingstone House

You can find more photos from the project on Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre’s website and on the Guardian.

Also, if you are interested in Detroit’s contemporary history, check out yesterday’s interview from the Daily Show, where Jon Stewart interviewed Paul Clemens, author of a brand new book called Punching Out: One Year in a Closing Auto Plant. Clemens spent a year watching men disassemble a stamping plant in Detroit. Here’s the link to the interview.

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