DC residents are getting a glimpse of the D with two photography exhibits that opened Sunday at the National Building Museum.

Views of Detroit and its residents are displayed through rich, large-scale photographs of urban decay in Andrew Moore's "Detroit Disassembled" and Camilo José Vergara's examination of the city through the years in "Detroit Is No Dry Bones." The two exhibits will be on view in adjacent galleries until February 18.

For Detroiters who feel saturated by images of urban decay, Moore's image of the melted clock in the razed Cass Tech high school, recently turned into a commercial object as the likely inspiration for a Swatch watch design, may seem overwrought. But the visceral, metaphoric depictions of the city's struggles will likely strike a chord for those who have never witnessed it first hand, and there's no denying the artist's talent for finding beauty in the city's abandoned ruins.

Vergara's view of Detroit, refined after more than a quarter century visiting the city, offers a more nuanced view, where the ruins take a background role to the lives of residents and current projects.

Take a sneak peek at some of the photographs in "Detroit Is No Dry Bones" and "Detroit Disassembled" in the slideshow below, and tell us how it changes, or reinforces, your view of the city in the comments.

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  • "Detroit Is No Dry Bones"

    “'Detroit Is No Dry Bones,' Ruth Chapel AME Church," 2012 East Kirby Street at Baldwin Street Photo by Camilo Jose Vergara

  • "Detroit Is No Dry Bones"

    "Willie’s Garage," 1991 2520 Michigan Avenue Photo by Camilo Jose Vergara

  • "Detroit Is No Dry Bones"

    "Downtown Detroit," 1991 View from Sibley Street down Park Avenue Photo by Camilo Jose Vergara

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    "Woodward Avenue at Sibley Street," 2009 Photo by Camilo Jose Vergara

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    "East Palmer Street towards Chene Street, the Greening of Detroit," 2012 Photo by Camilo Jose Vergara

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    "Detroit Mural by Bernard Belafonte, Eastside Check Cashing," 2011 McNichols East at Alcoy Avenue Photo by Camilo Jose Vergara

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    "East Palmer Street Towards Chene Street, a 95 Degree Day," 1995 Photo by Camilo Jose Vergara

  • "Detroit Disassembled"

    Andrew Moore "House on Walden Street, East Side," 2008 Digital chromogenic print scanned from film negative, 36 x 45.5 in. Collection of Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell

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    Andrew Moore "Waiting Room with Snowdrift, Michigan Central Station," 2008 Digital chromogenic print scanned from film negative, 57 x 45 in. Collection of Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell

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    Andrew Moore "Rolling Hall, Ford Motor Company, River Rouge Complex, Dearborn," 2008 Digital chromogenic print scanned from film negative, 62 x 78 in. Collection of Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell

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    Andrew Moore "National Time Clock, Former Cass Technical High School building," 2009 Digital chromogenic print scanned from film negative, 34 x 27 in. Collection of Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell

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    Andrew Moore "Abandoned Videoconferencing Room, Chase Tower, Financial District," 2008 Digital chromogenic print scanned from film negative, 27 x 34 in. Collection of Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell

  • "Detroit Disassembled"

    Andrew Moore "Chemistry Lab, Former Cass Technical High School Building," 2009 Digital chromogenic print scanned from film negative, 62 x 78 in. Collection of Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell

  • "Detroit Disassembled"

    Andrew Moore "Birches Growing in Decayed Books, Detroit Public Schools Book Depository," 2009 Digital chromogenic print scanned from film negative, 62 x 97.5 in. Collection of Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell

  • "Detroit Disassembled"

    Andrew Moore "The Aurora, Brush Park Neighborhood," 2008 Digital chromogenic print scanned from film negative, 36 x 45.5 in. Collection of Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell

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    Andrew Moore "Arnold Nursing Home, 7 Mile Road," 2009 Digital chromogenic print scanned from film negative, 36 x 45.5 in. Collection of Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell

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