What’s particularly striking about the images is how quickly the city has fallen into such financial despair; after all, it wasn’t too long ago that Detroit was considered an epicenter for modern-day technology and engineering, and all of these buildings were filled with people and purpose.
"Detroit is a very symbolic place in modern history," Marchand said in an interview with weather.com. "In Europe, the ruins were mostly anecdotal, they were the very last pieces of a changing and gentrifying landscape . . . Detroit's ruins seemed a bit like a natural component of the cityscape. You could find all the archetypal buildings of an American city in a state of abandonment, like an American Pompeii. We knew we would probably never have the opportunity to photograph such a powerful place anywhere else."