In his recent essay in Places, Jerry Herron criticizes the ubiquitous "ruin porn" photography that "mystifies into 'poetic' inconsequence and remoteness the past that is represented by Detroit, and along with it the conclusions we might draw as a result." By now we are familiar with these images, from the highly accomplished and beautifully printed photographs that adorn museum walls and fill coffeetable tomes to the endless Flickr streams devoted to the photogenic downfall of America’s industrial powerhouse.
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