Thursday, July 22, 2010

Detroit Disassembled.

Detroit Disassembled. Photographs by Andrew Moore. Text by Andrew Moore, Philip Levine. Damiani, 2010. 136 pp., 72 colour illustrations, 14x11". Images from Amazon.

In 'Detroit Disassembled' - a book of fine art photography by American photographer Andrew Moore - he "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."

There is also a limited edition of 'Detroit Disassembled'. This edition is limited to 50 copies and comes in a linen cloth box and contains a numbered and signed photograph measuring 15 x 12".

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