Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre

Fabian Theatre, Paterson.

Fabian Theatre, Paterson. (c) Marchand and Meffre.

Maschinenfabrik Swiderski, Leipzig. (c) Marchand and Dumerre.

Maschinenfabrik Swiderski, Leipzig. (c) Marchand and Meffre.

Loews Palace Theatre, Bridgeport. (c) Marchand and Dumerre.

Loew's Palace Theatre, Bridgeport. (c) Marchand and Meffre.

(c) Marchand and Meffre. Lee Plaza Hotel Ballroom, Detroit.

Lee Plaza Hotel Ballroom, Detroit.(c) Marchand and Meffre.

(c) Marchand and Dumerre. Lee Packard Motors Plant, Detroit.

Lee Packard Motors Plant, Detroit.(c) Marchand and Meffre.

(c) Marchand and Meffre. St Margaret Mary School.

St Margaret Mary School, Detroit. (c) Marchand and Meffre.

Bleichert Transportanlagen, Leipzig. (c) Marchand and Dumerre.

Bleichert Transportanlagen, Leipzig. (c) Marchand and Meffre.

Piano. (c) Marchand and Dumerre.

Piano. (c) Marchand and Dumerre.

These images are the work of French photographers. Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre.  As you can see, they have a bit of a thing for ruins, and I have never loved any photography so much. Choosing from the three collections (The ruins of Detroit | Forgotten theaters of America | Eastern Germany indiustrial vestiges) was impossible – I could live in any of these photographs for a hundred years. I’m trying to quantify why, but don’t yet have the vocabulary to discuss photography. But it’s like you can see the stories of these places etched in the photographs; they’re very narrative, there’s not just the sense but evidential proof of process (like any images of degeneration and decay). But at the same time – with the play of the light – there’s the simultaneous stamp of stasis and immediacy, that sense of now and nothing else, not ever. I love them. I want prints of all of them. Wall-sized prints. External walls.*

Oh my God, their photography blog is nearly as amazing, and it’s by a whole host of different people. Goodbye kisses, productivity.

*This is a hugely sobered version of the original paragraph. The original paragraph was mostly, LOOK. LOOK AT THIS. SEE HOW THEY TAKE PHOTOS, DOES IT NOT REDEFINE THE VERY CONCEPT. AND INDEED OF BUILDINGS. BUILDINGS THAT ARE OLD. LET US BOW BEFORE THEIR SHRINE AND WEEP. See.

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5 responses to “Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre

  1. I have seen their photos before at the abandonedplaces com on lj. I do love looking at those kinds of photos – makes you imagine the stories of people that used to live or work there. Maybe I am also just a little morbid as I also find the whole funerary air of thes places beautiful.

  2. i want to know how you got inside the Fabian theater. i’ve been wanting to go inside but never knew a way in. help?

    • clamorousvoice

      Hi Rose,

      I didn’t actually get inside the Fabian theater: the photographers did. They may be able to help you, although possibly contacting the city authorities would be a good place to start – presuming you want to go inside for some sort of project. I wouldn’t advise sneaking in to condemned buildings (though there must be a way….).

  3. Beautiful photos, I totally need to pick up a copy of this book! The Fabian Theatre is a fantastic venue. Would be nice if it could be saved but I fear not… Including it in post on my blog to be published shortly!

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