Sorry for the decay – abandoned railway stations

I  really enjoyed a photo essay by Edward Carr published in the Economist’s July/August edition of “Intelligent Life” magazine entitled “We apologise for the decay” which featured the strange beauty of abandoned railway stations, captured by Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre.

“Marchand and Meffre are ironists with a particular interest in the early-20th-century belief in progress”. The photographs feature, from America, Michigan Station in Detroit and Central Terminal in Buffalo, Canfranc in north-eastern Spain and the Saint Martin metro station in Paris France.

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The photographers worked with a four-by-five inch large format colour camera. “It’s the best way to capture the sombre texture and the atmosphere” says Meffre. “Black and white would just interpose a fake past between us and them, when there’s no need. These stations, just the way they are, evoke a time that is lost to us for ever.”

 

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