"The Ruins of Detroit" ~ Yves Marchand & Romain Meffre exhibit at Wilmotte Gallery

artwork: Tristan Hoare & Julien Dobbs-Higginson present a selection of photographs from the much acclaimed body of work 'The Ruins of Detroit' (published: Steidl, 2010). These beautiful but disturbing images look un-compromisingly at the remains of Detroit, a once global centre of capitalism and its extraordinary descent into ruin.


LONDON.- Tristan Hoare and Julien Dobbs-Higginson present a selection of photographs from the much acclaimed body of work The Ruins of Detroit (published: Steidl, 2010). Photographs from this series have previously been exhibited in Ville Fertile, Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine, Paris and Metropolis, Noorderlicht Photofestival, Groningen. They will be shown in the UK for the first time. The Ruins of Detroit is a five year collaboration between French photographers Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre. Together they have documented Detroit’s abandoned buildings, thus bringing to light the current state of ‘Motor City’ through a cinematic series of starkly beautiful photographs. Shooting with a large format, custom made camera, taking advantage of natural light and using long exposures, the images embody the unique atmosphere of each location. Marchand and Meffre’s work retains a formal quality and is conceived as a document, giving the viewer a surreal glimpse of Detroit’s former glory. Like the great civilizations of the past, we interpret them through their remains.