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Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre

French photographers Yves Marchand and Romain Meffrehave documented the decline and decay of Detroit through its buildings and structures that were once source of civic pride (schools, churches, hotels, stations), but now “stand as monuments to the city’s fall from grace.”

Over the past decades, Detroit has suffered a post-industrial decline far worse than any other American city. The once booming city has seen its population fall from 2.5 million in the 1940s, to just over 1 million today, with 1 in 3 people unemployed.

Yves Marchand (France, 1981) and Romain Meffre (France, 1987) met in 2002 in Paris, where they both live. Together they began to build an archive of ruins in the changing urban landscape of Paris. Later they applied their method to other cities, increasingly photographing together with one camera. The book The Ruins of Detroit appeared in 2010, from Steidl.

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