The Ruins of Detroit Hardcover – 20 Dec 2010
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I bought Andrew Moore's Detroit Disassembled first and thought it rather impressive with seventy photos in a landscape format but Marchand and Meffre's book is a much more ambitious and comprehensive look at this fallen city with 186 large photos. As one would expect with photographers looking at the same subject there is some duplication. Intriguingly, right down to a wall clock in the Cass Technical High school, which both books show because it looks like a real life Dali melting clock face.
The photos in The Ruins of Detroit follow a sort of format starting with interiors and exteriors of factories then: interiors of commercial buildings; theaters and cinemas; schools; apartments; churches; police stations; hotels and more schools. The decay is just so overwhelming because this isn't just a few abandoned factories, which could happen anywhere but whole communities occupying hundreds of acres. The thing that intrigued me with Moore's book and this one is that so many of the photos show interiors: classrooms; dentists; libraries or a police office with everything still intact, though admittedly now strewn everywhere. It's as if the everyone just left in a hurry leaving everything behind.
One really strong point about these photos is that they haven't concentrated on lots of close-ups of abandoned detail.Read more ›
One does not need to be from Detroit to see the significance and sadness behind the images- they are universal. But the opening essay on the city's history is consise yet enlightening and short narratives by the photographers throughout the book help navigate the scenes. Industry at its worst.
The book is filled with artwork and is a work of art itself.
This prompted me to look at it again. I can't imagine selling.
Having seen many docs on the decay of the once-great Motor City, none of them capture the moment-in-time stillness of a photograph.
As well as the massive panoramas of rusting production lines, it's the details of thousands of abandoned lives that I found haunting.
The spilled books left to rot on the floor of a library and the chaos of a police station leaving it looking like the victim of a violent burglary - mugshots, dust, dirt and rats left to live undisturbed.
The printing is beautiful. The book's size allows you to study detail and wonder what the last person thought as they turned out the lights, shut the door and left the city.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was a present and the recepient was delighted with it. Very good quality photo reproduction.Published 16 months ago by Rocío Vázquez-Landázuri
Amazing quality book and a great, if not shocking document of what Detroit has become.
Don't even think twice... Buy it!
this is a really fantastic book and for the price I was amazed I've seen this book priced at three times a cost it was brilliant if you like architecture or buildings you will love... Read morePublished on 17 Feb. 2014 by william
I saw an exhibition of some of the work from this book, the images need to be blown up to truly understand how tragic they are. Read morePublished on 18 Nov. 2013 by NassauLondon
Beautiful book. The images of deserted interiors are somehow more dramatic because of their grand 20th century designs. The production values are very high too. Worth itPublished on 13 Oct. 2013 by Studio
Have been looking for a copy of this book for some time - always sold out and ££££s this was a real bargain and what fabulous pictures.
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Amazing how a city can be falling apart in this day and age. Sad images tell of a better time, massive train stations, theatres and cinemas all lay empty, schools and libraries... Read morePublished on 11 May 2013 by Londondreamer
you can see the economic richness and the decay of detroit buildings. Its like the heart stopped beating and the buildings were left as they were.Published on 7 April 2013 by boon
This is a stunning book, worth every penny. Photos are large and gorgeous and the mood is just amazing. I've looked at it over and over. Love it.Published on 19 Mar. 2013 by Sarah Aubrey