Out of any major American city, Detroit has been the most hard-hit economically over the past generation, with the rampant urban decay now glaringly apparent during this current recession. Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre have done an amazing job of documenting this disintegration, showcasing structures that were formerly a source of pride, and now stand as monuments to the city’s fall from grace. In their words;
‘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.’
More photos after the jump.