for those of you who are not following me on twitter: you’re missing out! no, i’m just kidding. i tweeted about this beautiful book by Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre that i want to share with you. it is called The ruins of Detroit and shows abandoned places in the city of Detroit.

the once thriving auto industry in Detroit had a hard time and the current recession let to a further exodus from the city. in the book you can see pictures of an old station, a bank, an expensive looking house, what must have been fancy hotels and even an old theater: all of it has been left behind.

the beautiful silenced photographs make me wonder about who used to live there. what happened to them? it’s as if the people just walked away and left everything they had behind. the most striking situation for me is a dentist cabinet. it feels as if the man woke up one day and decided to never go back there again.

image belongs to Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre, you can order the book at Steidl

book The ruins of Detroit
author Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre, introductions by Robert Polidori and Thomas Sugrue
designer Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre
publisher Steidl
isbn 9783869300429
price €88, £78, $125
pages 230 pg, 380 x 290 mm, clothbound hardcover
text english edition