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Marchand & Meffre - The Ruins of Detroit

Photographic prints on Dibond, 2005-2010. Courtesy the artists and Tristan Hoare Gallery. Photo Stefan Handy.

Marchand & Meffre - The Ruins of Detroit

Photographic prints on Dibond, 2005-2010. Courtesy the artists and Tristan Hoare Gallery. Photo Stefan Handy.

Marchand & Meffre - The Ruins of Detroit

Photographic prints on Dibond, 2005-2010. Courtesy the artists and Tristan Hoare Gallery. Photo Stefan Handy.

Marchand & Meffre - The Ruins of Detroit

Photographic prints on Dibond, 2005-2010. Courtesy the artists and Tristan Hoare Gallery. Photo Stefan Handy.

The Ruins of Detroit

Photographic prints on Dibond, 2005-2010

Courtesy the artists  and Tristan Hoare Gallery

Shown within the walls of the grand reception rooms of Witley Court, where once proudly collected paintings would have been shown, The Ruins of Detroit is a series by French photography duo Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre.


Detroit’s history is one of an astoundingly fast rise and ruin; a typical 20th-century cautionary tale. In 1913, only a few years after Henry Ford introduced mass production, Detroit became the cradle of American industry. Visionary engineers, architects and entrepreneurs flocked to the city, thousands came to find a job. Monumental sky-scrapers and fancy neighbourhoods put the city’s wealth on display: Detroit became the dazzling beacon of the American Dream.
The logic that created the city, destroyed it almost as quickly. In the 1950s, deindustrialisation and segregation were hard at play. Social and racial tensions exploded and population exodus accelerated. Whole neighbourhoods began to vanish, flash but outdated downtown buildings emptied.


The city that played a fundamental role in shaping the modern world is now in
a state of mummification. Its splendid decaying monuments are, like the Pyramids, the Coliseum or the Acropolis, relics of the passing of a great Empire.

Marchand & Meffre

Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre are two French photographers, who met in 2002 through a shared passion for contemporary ruins. Their work has been exhibited widely in solo and group exhibitions throughout Europe and worldwide.

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