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Captured: The Ruins of Detroit

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Up and down Detroit’s streets, buildings stand abandoned and in ruin. French photographers Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre set out to document the decline of an American city. Their book “The Ruins of Detroit“, a document of decaying buildings frozen in time, was published in December 2010.

From the photographers’ website:

Ruins are the visible symbols and landmarks of our societies and their changes, small pieces of history in suspension.

The state of ruin is essentially a temporary situation that happens at some point, the volatile result of change of era and the fall of empires. This fragility, the time elapsed but even so running fast, lead us to watch them one very last time : being dismayed, or admire, making us wondering about the permanence of things.

Photography appeared to us as a modest way to keep a little bit of this ephemeral state.

 

Captured: The Ruins of Detroit

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William Livingstone House #

Captured: The Ruins of Detroit

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Michigan Central Station #

Captured: The Ruins of Detroit

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Woodward Avenue #

Captured: The Ruins of Detroit

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Atrium, Farwell Building #

Captured: The Ruins of Detroit

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18th floor dentist cabinet, David Broderick Tower #

Captured: The Ruins of Detroit

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Bagley-Clifford Office of the National Bank of Detroit #

Captured: The Ruins of Detroit

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David Whitney Building #

Captured: The Ruins of Detroit

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United Artists Theater #

Captured: The Ruins of Detroit

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Fort Shelby Hotel #

Captured: The Ruins of Detroit

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Ballroom, American Hotel #

Captured: The Ruins of Detroit

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Melted clock, Cass Technical High School #

Captured: The Ruins of Detroit

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Donovan Building #

Captured: The Ruins of Detroit

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Old First Unitarian Church #

Captured: The Ruins of Detroit

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Piano, Saint Albertus School #

Captured: The Ruins of Detroit

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Luben Apartments #

Captured: The Ruins of Detroit

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Woodward Avenue Presbyterian Church, built in the Gothic revival style in 1911 #

Captured: The Ruins of Detroit

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Rich-Dex Apartments #

Captured: The Ruins of Detroit

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Classroom, St Margaret Mary School #

Captured: The Ruins of Detroit

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Biology classroom, Wilbur Wright High School #

Captured: The Ruins of Detroit

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St Christopher House, ex-Public Library #

Captured: The Ruins of Detroit

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Fisher Body 21 Plant #

Captured: The Ruins of Detroit

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Room 1504, Lee Plaza Hotel #

Captured: The Ruins of Detroit

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Detroit?s Vanity Ballroom with its unsalvaged art deco chandeliers. Duke Ellington and Tommy Dorsey once played here. #

Captured: The Ruins of Detroit

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Packard Motors Plant #

Captured: The Ruins of Detroit

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Waiting hall, Michigan Central Station #

Captured: The Ruins of Detroit

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East Methodist Church #

Captured: The Ruins of Detroit

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East Side Public Library #

Captured: The Ruins of Detroit

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Offices, Highland Park Police Station #

Captured: The Ruins of Detroit

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Biology classroom at George W Ferris School in the Detroit suburb of Highland Park #

Captured: The Ruins of Detroit

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The ballroom of the 15-floor art-deco Lee Plaza Hotel, an apartment building with hotel services built in 1929 and derelict since the early 1990s #

Captured: The Ruins of Detroit

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Michigan Theatre #

Captured: The Ruins of Detroit

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Packard Motors Plant #

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Written by appraisalmanagementnews

May 27, 2011 at 8:14 pm

Posted in Cool Pictures

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