“Ruins are the visible symbols and landmarks of our societies and their changes, small pieces of history in suspension.”
The photgraphers Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre focus on architectural vestiges of human civilisation and capture these traces with their silent but very dramatic photographs.
One of their series is about the shrinking city of Detroit. Known as the ‘Motor City’ Detroit is still the centre of the North American car industry, but since the 1950s, when the models of the ‘Big Three’ (General Motors, Ford and Chrysler) started to lose market share compared to foreign brands the number of inhabitants is constantly decreasing. Ruins of noble theatres and hotels still testify to the glory the former cultural and musical centre represented.
“Nowadays, 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 civilization.”