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Detroit Disassembled
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
To quote from the Product Description above: `Today, whole sections of the city resemble a war zone, its once-spectacular architectural grandeur reduced to vacant ruins'. Most of us, of course, don't have personal experience of war zones but we can all pull up a mental picture which is probably partially accurate. Andrew Moore's quite extraordinary photos will confirm your mental image but the freaky thing is that Detroit is no war zone. The population didn't leave because of bombs or military intervention; mostly they didn't even leave but continue to survive amongst all this decaying industrial, public and private building detritus.

The thing that grabbed me and Moore's photos reveal it so often is the amount of physical equipment that was just left as buildings were abandoned. Page twenty-three shows a huge open-plan room of the Detroit Schools Book Depository, the whole floor covered with books that are slowly decaying. Page fifty-five has an amazing shot of one side of the Cass Tech High School, minus sixteen large classroom windows to reveal a jumble of desks, chairs, tables, casual seating and books and papers everywhere. Again at Cass, Moore spotted a wall clock with a plastic dial, part of which melted over the hour and minute hands, the only time you'll ever see a real Dali timepiece.

Several exterior shots of houses show them either collapsing or showing signs of heavy amateurish DIY. Page ninety-six has a house totally covered in foliage with just a sliver of the roof to be seen confirming that it is two stories. Some interiors really do look like bomb damage, with falling walls and ceilings. The circular lobby of the downtown United Artists Theater reveals some of the steel structure because chunks of plaster have fallen off.

Moore's photos reveal disaster Detroit in beautiful even colour throughout the book and 300 screen printing on a good matt art plus the large page size delivers a punch to these seventy amazing images.

The book obviously raises questions about urban decay and is Detroit the ultimate throwaway society city and by the nature of what can be seen there it also acts as a magnet for creative folk. Photographers Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre have a forthcoming book: `The ruins of Detroit' (ISBN 9783869300429) covering the abandonment. Great creative minds think alike because there is a straight on photo of a house that is identical to one in Moore's book on page ninety-seven.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 8 January 2011
I've been interested in the products of Detroit for nearly fifty years.

This book has very few words, the pictures say everything that needs to be said,how a city that was the world capital of car production end up like this almost a post apocolyptic landscape. This is I suppose how ruins of ancient civilisations looked after their inhabitants had left.

There are numerous books available charting the rise and decline of the US car industry but the images in this book say more than any text can.

I cannot recommend this book enough it's an amazing achievement.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 April 2011
My title says it all - dark, moody and sad photography which shows derelict splendour in its many forms.
The quality of the photographs is superb.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 9 July 2012
A beautiful portrait of this incredible city. Haunting images taken with sympathy and intelligence. This is a book of extremely high quality.
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on 5 September 2013
This is fabulous book that illustrates the re taking of a city by nature itself , the photography is splendid .
On other levels the book is shocking in portrays an almost post apocalyptic landscape in a major city, it causes you to question how those collectively responsible could have allowed their own self interests to bring a city an industry and its people to their knees .
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on 6 December 2013
If you're interested in Detroit, in dereliction, or in shaping of the post-industrial world, this book is for you. Highly recommended.
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on 20 June 2014
fantastic book, amazing, and also sad, lived near detroit in 1969 and lots of places I have been is in such a bad shape
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Post-industrial or post apocalyptic?

Abandoned car plants that were once the biggest factories on Earth.

A grand theatre building, now used as a parking lot.

An abandoned mansion.

A city where once 7 million people lived and now 1 million people live.

Little wonder perhaps, that some of the greatest music on this planet comes from here.

Never lucky enough to have been myself. Goin' there someday.
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on 12 January 2015
Beauty in decay.
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0 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on 12 February 2011
This isn't worth the money. The pictures just aren't good enough, despite the compelling title... One of those books you'd pick up in a bookshop, have a quick flick through and then put down and forget. Don't bother.
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