Detroit 68

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.

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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.

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