Bleak Photos Capture The Fall Of Detroit

Downtown Detroit, View from Sibley Street down Park Avenue, Detroit, 1991

[credit provider=”Photo © Camilo José Vergara” url=”http://www.nbm.org/exhibitions-collections/exhibitions/detroit-is-no-dry-bones.html”]

Detroit was once the symbol of prosperity and economic development, but with the decline of the American auto industry, the Motor City has fallen into a great state of dilapidation.The city has lost about a million of its residents (60% of its population) since the 1950s, and numerous factories, businesses and service buildings have been abandoned.

Two photography exhibitions at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. this fall explore the residential, commercial and industrial ruin of Detroit, Michigan.

Both “Detroit Is No Dry Bones” by sociologist and photographer Camilo José Vergara, who has been documenting the precipitous decline of Detroit for 25 years, and “Detroit Disassembled” by Andrew Moore, who is renowed fro his large-format photography, will be on display through February 18, 2013.

We are featuring selected images from the exhibitions, courtesy of the National Building Museum.

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title=”Hutchins Cole’s Garden, 1987″
content=”Hutchins Cole’s Garden, Rosa Parks Boulevard, Detroit, 1987
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title=”Downtown Detroit, 1991″
content=”Downtown Detroit, View from Sibley Street down Park Avenue, Detroit, 1991
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title=”Willie’s Garage, 1991″
content=”Willie’s Garage, 2520 Michigan Avenue, Detroit, 1991
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title=”Former Packard Plant, 1993″
content=”Former Packard Plant, View towards E. Grand Blvd. along interior road, west of Concord Street, Detroit, 1993
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title=”Former Michigan Central Station, Detroit, 1993″
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title=”Former Michigan Central Station, 2010″
content=”Former Michigan Central Station, View from Dalzelle Street at 15th Street, Detroit, 2010
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title=”East Palmer Avenue towards Chene Street, a 95 degree day, Detroit, 1995″
content=”East Palmer Avenue towards Chene Street, a 95 degree day, Detroit, 1995
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title=”Former Oklahoma Gas Station, 1996″
content=”Former Oklahoma Gas Station, Livernois Avenue at Joy Road, Detroit, 1996
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title=”3497 Mack Avenue, Detroit, 2007″
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title=”Shelter, Engine Works, Detroit Dry Dock Company Complex, Rivertown neighbourhood, 2008″
content=”Andrew Moore, Shelter, Engine Works, Detroit Dry Dock Company Complex, Rivertown neighbourhood, 2008, digital chromogenic print scanned from film negative, 45.5 x 36 in., Collection of Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell
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title=”Cooper Elementary School, East Side, 2008″
content=”Andrew Moore, Cooper Elementary School, East Side, 2008, digital chromogenic print scanned from film negative, 62 x 78 in., Collection of Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell
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title=”Rolling hall, Ford Motor Company, River Rouge Complex, Dearborn, 2008″
content=”Andrew Moore, Rolling hall, Ford Motor Company, River Rouge Complex, Dearborn, 2008, digital chromogenic print scanned from film negative, 62 x 78 in., Collection of Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell
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title=”House on Walden Street, East Side, 2008″
content=”Andrew Moore, House on Walden Street, East Side, 2008, digital chromogenic print scanned from film negative, 36 x 45.5 in., Collection of Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell
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title=”The Aurora, Brush Park neighbourhood, 2008″
content=”Andrew Moore, The Aurora, Brush Park neighbourhood, 2008, digital chromogenic print scanned from film negative, 36 x 45.5 in., Collection of Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell
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title=”Abandoned videoconferencing room, Chase Tower, Financial District, 2008″
content=”Andrew Moore, Abandoned videoconferencing room, Chase Tower, Financial District, 2008, digital chromogenic print scanned from film negative, 27 x 34 in., Collection of Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell
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title=”Waiting room with snowdrift, Michigan Central Station, 2008″
content=”Andrew Moore, Waiting room with snowdrift, Michigan Central Station, 2008, digital chromogenic print scanned from film negative, 57 x 45 in., Collection of Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell
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title=”Del Ray Building, 2008″
content=”Del Ray Building, 7716 West Jefferson Avenue, Detroit, 2008
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title=”National Time clock, former Cass Technical High School building, 2009″
content=”Andrew Moore, National Time clock, former Cass Technical High School building, 2009, digital chromogenic print scanned from film negative, 34 x 27 in., Collection of Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell
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title=”Chemistry lab, former Cass Technical High School building, 2009″
content=”Andrew Moore, Chemistry lab, former Cass Technical High School building, 2009, digital chromogenic print scanned from film negative, 62 x 78 in., Collection of Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell
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title=”Sculpture of Dante Alighieri, Central Avenue at Vista Drive, 2009″
content=”Sculpture of Dante Alighieri, Central Avenue at Vista Drive, Belle Isle, Detroit, 2009
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title=”Birches growing in decayed books, Detroit Public Schools Book Depository, 2009″
content=”Andrew Moore, Birches growing in decayed books, Detroit Public Schools Book Depository, 2009, digital chromogenic print scanned from film negative, 62 x 97.5 in., Collection of Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell
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title=”Former Highland Park State Bank (Wood Six Twin Adult theatre), 1993″
content=”Former Highland Park State Bank (Wood Six Twin Adult theatre), 16549 Woodward Avenue, Highland Park, 1993
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title=”Former Highland Park State Bank, 2002″
content=”Former Highland Park State Bank, 16549 Woodward Avenue, Highland Park, 2002
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title=”Former Highland Park State Bank (Déjà vu Nightclub), 2009″
content=”Former Highland Park State Bank (Déjà vu Nightclub), 16549 Woodward Avenue, Highland Park, 2009
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title=”Arnold Nursing Home, 7 Mile Road, 2009″
content=”Andrew Moore, Arnold Nursing Home, 7 Mile Road, 2009, digital chromogenic print scanned from film negative, 36 x 45.5 in., Collection of Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell
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title=”Woodward Avenue at Sibley Street, Detroit, 2009″
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title=”Detroit Mural by Bernard Belafonte, Eastside Check Cashing, 2011″
content=”Detroit Mural by Bernard Belafonte, Eastside Check Cashing, McNichols East at Alcoy Avenue, Detroit, 2011
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title=”Pilgrim Church, 2011″
content=”Pilgrim Church, Grand River Avenue at Trumbull Street, Detroit, 2011
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title=”Nicky D’s Coney Island, 2011″
content=”Nicky D’s Coney Island, Warren Avenue West at Livernois Avenue, Detroit, 2011
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title=”Ruth Chapel AME Church, 2012″
content=”“Detroit Is No Dry Bones,” Ruth Chapel AME Church, East Kirby Street at Baldwin Street, Detroit, 2012
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title=”Want to see photos of Detroit in its better days? Check out..”
content=”Pictures From Detroit’s Golden Age Will Bring Tears To Your Eyes >
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