08 Mar '12, 12pm

Great photos of Detroit's de-industrialization. Sad yet strangely beautiful

Great photos of Detroit's de-industrialization. Sad yet strangely beautiful

© Tristan Hoare Gallery Yves Marchand & Romain Meffre, Michigan Central Station, 2007 How did two young French photographers end up taking such stunning photographs of Detroit, Michigan? And why? Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre have always been interested in the theme of ruins: coming from Europe they saw bits of it in the landscape, but they dreamed of Detroit. It's a city that is emblematic of the de-industrialization of America. Once famous as the thriving centre for automobile manufacturing--Motor City--in 1950 there were two million people living there. Because there was such great wealth, there was also some spectacular architecture. Detroit's decline from its glory days has been catastrophic. It was the fourth-largest city in the USA by 1920, a place it held until 1950. But globalization and mechanization meant drastic loss of jobs and massive unemployment. The city...

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