Picture of the Day | Found Photos in Detroit

posted by Bridget on 24 July 2012

Arianna Arcara and Luca Santese travelled to Detroit to photograph the aftermath of the credit crunch but instead of making new photographs they discovered an archive of discarded imagery on the streets

Walking around Detroit, cameras in hand, Arianna and Luca went in search of people to photograph for their assignment about the global economic crisis. But instead of finding people on the streets they found abandoned photographs, discarded as people and organisations left their homes and offices.

They gathered over 1500 photographs, random images, of people, places, homes and took them back to their collective CesuraLab in Milan where they edited them and have made a book. Many of the prints had deteriorated, affected by the weather, while others have burn marks, the result of house fires.

The scarring of the prints could be viewed as symbolic of Detroit's fall from grace of Detroit, no longer a place of grandeur or the centre of America's manufacturing prosperity.

found photos

Click on the image to see a slide-show of the book.

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