The Ruins Of Detroit

Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre write:

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.

Here is an example of the amazing photography to be found on their website. It is a picture of the main ballroom in the Lee Plaza Hotel. The hotel was designed by Charles Noble and it was built in 1929 as an upscale apartment with hotel services. It closed in the early 1990s. “The Ruins of Detroit” is available as a book which can be purchased here. Thanks to one of my friends for passing this link along. Some amazing images in this collection.


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