Photographs by Andrew Moore. Text by Andrew Moore, Philip Levine.
Damiani, 2010. 136 pp., 72 color illustrations, 14x11".
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 SecondWorldWar. 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.
About the Limited Edition
This limited edition of Detroit Disassembled comes with a numbered and signed photo by the photographer (15 x 12 inches) and is housed in a linen cloth box.