The Carcass of the American Dream: Ruin Porn, Still Life, and Architectural Decay

Interior of St. Agnes Church, decaying old building, ruin porn

Detroit is a city marked by the moldering carcass of the industrial American dream. Once the site of monuments to the power of production, Detroit is now famous for the decay of historic buildings. The ruins of Detroit, captured by photographers, frame the carcass of the American dream in striking photographs. That so much of such grandeur could be allowed to crumble and decay seems almost unthinkable. It seems somehow obscene. It is not surprising, then, that images documenting this collapse have come together to form a genre of photography popularly referred to as “ruin porn.”

Continue reading “The Carcass of the American Dream: Ruin Porn, Still Life, and Architectural Decay”