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Kevin Bauman: 100 Abandoned Houses

16 Apr

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As a kid, my knowledge of Detroit extended to what I had seen on Home Improvement – a suburban dream, populated by middle-class families who had a strange yet lovable obsession with cars, and kids who got to take the day off school whenever it snowed.

Fast forward only 15-or-so years, and Detroit has become the Pompeii of our century – but rather than being obliterated by a volcano, this oversized, underpopulated wasteland of a city has been destroyed by  by its own unsustainability.

100 Abandoned Houses is a project by photographer Kevin Bauman which seeks to document just a handful of the thousands of Detroit homes that lie vacant.  Bauman’s large-scale, almost clinical images give a terrifying, almost post-apocolyptic portrayal of a city in ruin.

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A foggy morning in Detroit

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Posted by on April 16, 2009 in looking, photography, urban design

 

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