Detroit: Photographic exploration of a living city and its supposed fall from grace

Detroit was once a thriving metropolis and the heart of the world's car manufacturing economy. In recent decades, the city has suffered a major economic and demographic decline and local crime rates are among the highest in the United States. Since its demise, the art and design world has sought to save the Michigan city by bringing the local community together to celebrate its people and heritage.

In her ongoing series Wandering In Place, Seattle-based American photographer Jennifer Garza-Cuen explores ideas of place, cultural memory, and inheritance. With her focus on Detroit, she wanted to document a sense of what the city and its people have been through.

She explains: "I am particularly interested in Detroit because it is a place that has experienced an active form of extreme erasure, of transience and of loss that has embedded itself on the psyche of those that live there and those that pass through.

"Decadence and erasure evokes a very specific pathos and Detroit's has reverberated around the globe as a kind of symbolic foreshadowing of the imminent end of an American Empire. That said; this is an ongoing project in which my intention is to engage the complexity of Detroit as a lived space, as well as its supposed fall from grace."

Via Behance | All images courtesy of Jennifer Garza-Cuen

Untitled - Streetscape, Detroit, MI 2012

Untitled - Streetscape, Detroit, MI 2012

Untitled - Streetscape, Detroit, MI 2012

Untitled - Streetscape, Detroit, MI 2012

Untitled - Piano Room, Detroit, MI 2012

Untitled - Piano Room, Detroit, MI 2012

Untitled - Ladies Lounge, Detroit, MI 2012

Untitled - Ladies Lounge, Detroit, MI 2012

Untitled -  Girl in the Snow, Detroit, MI 2012

Untitled - Girl in the Snow, Detroit, MI 2012

Untitled - Parking Structure, Detroit, MI 2012

Untitled - Parking Structure, Detroit, MI 2012

Untitled - Salon, Detroit, MI 2012

Untitled - Salon, Detroit, MI 2012

Untitled - Portrait of a Woman, Detroit, MI 2012

Untitled - Portrait of a Woman, Detroit, MI 2012

Untitled - Theatre Entrance, Detroit, MI 2012

Untitled - Theatre Entrance, Detroit, MI 2012

Untitled - Woman on Stage, Detroit, MI 2012

Untitled - Woman on Stage, Detroit, MI 2012

Untitled - Riverscape, Detroit, MI 2012

Untitled - Riverscape, Detroit, MI 2012

Untitled - Theatre, Detroit, MI 2012

Untitled - Theatre, Detroit, MI 2012

Untitled - Shop Interior, Detroit, MI 2012

Untitled - Shop Interior, Detroit, MI 2012

Untitled - Police Station, Detroit, MI 2012

Untitled - Police Station, Detroit, MI 2012

Untitled - Free Press, Detroit, MI 2012

Untitled - Free Press, Detroit, MI 2012

Untitled - Court Room, Detroit, MI 2012

Untitled - Court Room, Detroit, MI 2012

Untitled - Turntable, Detroit, MI 2012

Untitled - Turntable, Detroit, MI 2012

Untitled - Ballroom, Detroit, MI 2012

Untitled - Ballroom, Detroit, MI 2012

Untitled - Press Gallery, Detroit, MI 2012

Untitled - Press Gallery, Detroit, MI 2012

Untitled - Fire Scene, Detroit, MI 2012

Untitled - Fire Scene, Detroit, MI 2012

Untitled - Snowscape, Detroit, MI 2012

Untitled - Snowscape, Detroit, MI 2012