Graphic Illustration of America’s Decline

Introduction – August 26, 2012


Abandoned homes in Detroit's once affluent suburb. Click to enlarge

Photographer Kevin Bauman began taking pictures of the of abandoned homes across Detroit in the mid 1990’s.

The houses were once homes for the city’s rich and powerful but as the city declined its more affluent residents deserted Detroit. The city, which once had a population in excess of 2 million has seen its industries close and commerce collapse, and now has a population of 800,000.   

Symbolic of America’s decline, Bauman’s photos offer a graphic illustration of the country’s worsening economic woes.

Baunman wasn’t short of subject matter when he set himself the task of capturing Detroit’s decline. Residents had abandoned whole neighbourhoods.

‘100 seemed like a lot, although the number of abandoned houses in Detroit is more like 12,000,’ he said.

Below are a couple of examples of Bauman’s work to illustrate Detroit’s decline. While below that is a link to more of Bauman’s photos. 

Link to a more extensive collection of Bauman’s work 

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