Detroit, industrial capital of the XXth Century, played a fundamental role shaping the modern world. The logic that created the city also destroyed it. Nowadays, unlike anywhere else, the city’s ruins are not isolated details in the urban environment. They have become a natural component of the landscape. Detroit presents all archetypal buildings of an American city in a state of mummification. 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 Empire.
The pictures are so beautiful yet sad, I had to stop and look at them over and over again. Photos like that make you want to rush over and save everything. Well, that’s what they do to me at least. But I’m glad they are documented this way. At least now they are saved in photographs and people’s memories – if not in real life.