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Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Industrial Archeology: Ruins (Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre)


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Melted clock, Cass Technical High School

Melted clock, Cass Technical High School: photo by Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre, from The Ruins of Detroit (Steidl), 2010



Atrium, Farwell Building: photo by Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre, from The Ruins of Detroit (Steidl), 2010



Michigan Central Station: photo by Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre, from The Ruins of Detroit (Steidl), 2010

Woodward Avenue

Woodward Avenue: photo by Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre, from The Ruins of Detroit (Steidl), 2010



St. Christopher House, ex-Public Library
: photo by Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre, from The Ruins of Detroit (Steidl), 2010

Room 1504, Lee Plaza Hotel

Room 1504, Lee Plaza Hotel
: photo by Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre, from The Ruins of Detroit (Steidl), 2010

Ballroom, Lee Plaza Hotel

Ballroom, Lee Plaza Hotel: photo by Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre, from The Ruins of Detroit (Steidl), 2010

Ballroom, American Hotel

Ballroom, American Hotel: photo by Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre, from The Ruins of Detroit (Steidl), 2010

United Artists Theater

United Artists Theater: photo by Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre, from The Ruins of Detroit (Steidl), 2010

Fisher Body 21 Plant

Fisher Body 21 Plant
: photo by Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre, from The Ruins of Detroit (Steidl), 2010

Packard Motors Plant

Packard Motors Plant
: photo by Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre, from The Ruins of Detroit (Steidl), 2010

Packard Motors Plant

Packard Motors Plant
: photo by Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre, from The Ruins of Detroit (Steidl), 2010

7 comments:

Ed Baker said...

I've been saying/thinking that our Industrial jobs will never come back... these are first images I've seen
of what I supposed... this is our new reality.

not at all like the phantasies imaged on this mornings tv news!

those empty buildings heck in NYC one could convert them to lofts
& sell them to Big Brother Bank
employees for $1.3 million per a 3,000 sq foot empty-shell!
or, maybe the starving poets/artists?

just like the Manhattanites of say 1900-1933 did.....
flock to their lofts?


none of these images "put out" by our government or our media!

How's the rebuilding of New Orleans (and the surrounding areas) going? No media coverage there, either.... just the new stadium and Bourbon Street!

noticed at the store... the frozen shrimp are no longer called "Gulf Shrimp" they are now called "Wild Shrimp"

and the media no longer interviews any fishermen down there! or talks about all the money that BP and that guy from Boston ...doled out.

this is SOME open and Free Democracy, EH?

TC said...

Ed,

"...this is our new reality."

Yes, that has a certain ring to it.

A frozen gulf, a sunken wilderness.

curtisroberts said...

There are simply no words. It sounds terrible to say, but when I see this I think first of friends of mine from CBS/FOX Video's Livonia office, who were asked to move west and join the Los Angeles office in 1990, and about how lucky they were, a feeling they shared completely. We were a close-knit group and all of my colleagues from Michigan, both black and white, told me that this was where things were heading.

Ed Baker said...

this in today's Washington Post On-Line re: Detroit:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/07/AR2011020705338.html?hpid=artslot

STEPHEN RATCLIFFE said...

Tom,

Yes, "This is our new reality" has a certain ring to it -- and if it's the only one, we're all in big trouble. . . .

2.9

light coming into sky above still black
plane of ridge, red-tailed hawk calling
in foreground, sound of wave in channel

whiteness of upturned curve
of moon, blackness of

cypress branches next to it,
Orion’s knee, on left

silver of sunlight reflected in channel,
cloudless blue sky to the left of point

Robb said...

I will never understand why or be surprised that people don't take this as a glimpse of their future.

"cosigen"

TC said...

"I will never understand why or be surprised that people don't take this as a glimpse of their future."

Ah, home.

And not only that -- ten seconds ago a maniacal cat body-slammed loudly (and surprisingly) against a back window.

Another escapee from the Planet of the Haps.