Detroit Disassembled

Detroit Disassembled

Book - 2010
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No longer the Motor City of boom-time industry, the city of Detroit has fallen into an incredible state of dilapidation since the decline of the American auto industry after the Second World War. Today, whole sections of the city resemble a war zone, its once-spectacular architectural grandeur reduced to vacant ruins. In Detroit Disassembled , photographer Andrew Moore records a territory in which the ordinary flow of time-or the forward march of the assembly line-appears to have been thrown spectacularly into reverse. For Moore, who throughout his career has been drawn to all that contradicts or seems to threaten America's postwar self-image (his previous projects include portraits of Cuba and Soviet Russia), Detroit's decline affirms the carnivorousness of our earth, as it seeps into and overruns the buildings of a city that once epitomized humankind's supposed supremacy. In Detroit Disassembled , Moore locates both dignity and tragedy in the city's decline, among postapocalyptic landscapes of windowless grand hotels, vast barren factory floors, collapsing churches, offices carpeted in velvety moss and entire blocks reclaimed by prairie grass. Beyond their jawdropping content, Moore's photographs inevitably raise the uneasy question of the long-term future of a country in which such extreme degradation can exist unchecked.
Publisher: Bologna : Damiani Editore ; Akron, Ohio : Akron Art Museum, c2010.
ISBN: 9788862081184
Characteristics: 127 p. : col. ill. ; 28 x 36 cm.
Additional Contributors: Levine, Philip 1928-
Akron Art Museum


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bandblair May 07, 2014

Gorgeous. Detroit may be a little different now since this book is 5 years old, but still interesting to see.

Mar 29, 2012

super killer photos made me want to go squat in some fancy abandoned building in detroit

Feb 20, 2011

A depressive look at the effects of capitalist greed. Such beautiful buildings and important spaces, such as libraries, are left abandoned because it's easier and less expensive to build new spaces then it is to renovate old ones.

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