Once, long a go, Detroit was an industrial capital. A vibrant, multi-racial urban center that produced the cars that America drove. It’s all recorded in Enrico Natali’s book Detroit 68.
First published in 1972 under the title ‘New American People’ the book depicts a city 40 years ago that was at the beginning of a slow and irreversible decline.
For me seeing these images and then squaring them with the Detroit I visited a couple of years ago is a chilling exercise. How quickly a seemingly safe and affluent world can turn into a deserted ghost town.