The Ruins of Detroit

I like the BBC Photo collections… things like the “Day in Pictures” is a wonderfully distracting flick through over a cuppa in the morning. As they are so ‘mainstream’ I would not normally share them on here, but a recent collection really caught my eye and imagination.

The Ruins of Detroit was a five-year collaboration between French photographers Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre, who together documented the decaying public buildings of the city at the heart of the US motor industry that once stood proudly – but then became victims of the global recession. Detroit was at one time the car production centre of the world and many of its architectural gems, such as the waiting hall at Michigan Central Station, reflected the town’s prosperity. During this current downturn many are simply rotting away. Its all a little sad, but the images are magnificent.

Check out the others on the BBC website here, while the pictures are on show for the first time in the UK at Wilmotte Gallery, Lichfield Studios, London from 24 February to 5 April.

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