Marchand & Meffre whisk us off to the magical world of abandoned theatres

A couple of months ago, I wrote this post about a photographic project capturing the decline and fall of Detroit. The partnership responsible for this was Marchand & Meffre – a pair of French photographers who have worked together since 2006 and who have a shared passion for the beauty of ruins.

“The state of ruin is essentially a temporary situation that happens at some point, the volatile result of change of era and the fall of empires. This fragility, the time elapsed but even so running fast, lead us to watch them one very last time : being dismayed, or admire, making us wondering about the permanence of things.”

Here, the duo have captured the depressing beauty of buildings which were built in their thousands at the beginning of the 20th century to cater to a growing audience and a booming industry, before becoming obsolete at the hands of the television set and urban crisis from the 1960s onwards.

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