The Ruins of Detroit, featured in the 2012 Fubiz Awards, is a compositionally stunning, yet visually haunting photographic collection that documents the realities of social change and urban decay in the 20th century. Since 2005, Yves marchand and Romain Meffre have explored the lifeless architectural shells left after the collapse of the Detroit Automotive industry, composing images of the once bustling urban landscape, now reminiscent of a Richard Matheson screenplay.

Of the collection, they write:

“Detroit, industrial capital of the XXth Century, played a fundamental role shaping the modern world. The logic that created the city also destroyed it. Nowadays, unlike anywhere else, the city’s ruins are not isolated details in the urban environment. They have become a natural component of the landscape. Detroit presents all archetypal buildings of an American city in a state of mummification. Its splendid decaying monuments are, no less than the Pyramids of Egypt, the Coliseum of Rome, or the Acropolis in Athens, remnants of the passing of a great Empire.”

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