Thursday, March 31, 2011

If I should fall from grace

Vanity Ballroom

French photographers Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre document the disintegration of a city in "The Ruins of Detroit".  

According to the artists statement, “Ruins are the visible symbols and landmarks of our societies and their changes, small pieces of history in suspension. The state of ruin is temporary by nature, the volatile result of the end of an era and the fall of empires. This fragility, the time elapsed but even so running fast, lead us to watch them one very last time: being dismayed, or admiring, wondering about the permanence of things. Photography appeared to us as a modest way to keep a little bit of this ephemeral state.”

The photographs are amazing; still, lonely, haunted and achingly beautiful.  I hope an exhibit comes to Los Angeles, I'd love to see them in person.  You can buy the book here:

United Artists Theatre

Fort Shelby Hotel

Ballroom American Hotel

St. Christopher House Library

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