Tuesday, January 29, 2013


"Unbroken Down" in Detroit

[Dave] Jordano understands why “Ruin Porn” — the term given to the recent trend in photography that fetishizes decay — exists. He
himself made photographs of dilapidated buildings initially. It took a week before he realized he wasn’t adding anything new to photography’s vocabulary.

“You can’t help but be drawn to ruins. Everyone has gone to Detroit for that reason,” says Jordano. “But images of ruins are so pictorial and picturesque, you can almost overlook the tragedy of it all.”

Wired has more from Detroit-born photographer Jordano, plus a slideshow of his not-always-upbeat, but more often human subjects, including "dog-walkers, squatters, collapsed revelers, resting firemen and lonesome drinkers." (Here's one of those other photo projects he's talking about.) You can see Dave's work at the Detroit Institue of Art through June. 

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Can't read this through my work's ruin porn filter. Can someone tell me what it's about?


Love love love so much@y


Ha HA! It's about a total brick house.


Well, his stuff does look like run-of-the-mill ruin porn for these parts. But I do like the thrasher pix.


@Legal I see what you mean, but a ton of Detroit pictures don't have people in them, which kind of distinguishes them from "sad human" porn, which Jordano does veer into...


fun fact: Jordano was a photographer for Lean Cuisine for a good part of his career. Now that's ruin porn for you.

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