There's an echo of Flint in the work of French photographers Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre, even though Detroit is the closest they've come to the birthplace of General Motors. Their photos, which are on display at New York's Point of View Gallery, are simultaneously beautiful and depressing.
But the press these two get often borders on the gleeful. It's not the photographers' fault, but I wonder why more critics don't recognize the underlying tragedy of these photographs.
Case in point: Mary Logan Barmeyer at Papermag, who makes some big assumptions about what her audience will feel, believe and love.
"We all love an abandoned, decrepit old building -- beautiful, nostalgic, romantic, melancholic, completely spooky and full of ghosts -- and that's the subject of this photo exhibit by the French duo Marchand and Meffre. The two urban archaeologists have been traveling much of Europe and the U.S. for the vanishing evidence of the "genocide architectural," photographing concert halls with the seats ripped out, majestic rooms with pianos overturned, industrial buildings gone rusty, sturdy buildings reduced to tangles of steel beams, and witchy castle-like residences with windows boarded up and turrets caving in. While you may not see ghosts, we're guessing you'll get the chills."