DETROIT – The shrinking city.reets.

This is a report Nicolas Boyer made in 2016 for one month in Detroit. “Would Detroit be the «Ground Zero» of Capitalism, the symbol of the era of the planned obsolescence of cities as well as their citizens? Usually, the scope of modern urbanism is rather to deal with the concerns raised by the growth of cities. But in the case of Detroit, it’s the contrary as its population has decreased from 1.8 millions inhabitants to around 700.000 in the last fifty years for an area equivalent to Boston, Manhattan & San Francisco together.
In this early-twenty-first-century American society, in a world that is in a process of siliconization and where any tangible assets & manufacturers are fleeing overseas, Detroit may foreshadow the future of the USA – and even the Western world entirely. A «primitive society of the Future» as wrote Jean Baudrillard in his book America (1986).
This is part of this esthetics of the disappearance that I’ve wanted to transcribe in photo through this attempt of a monography of the city.”


Photographer for 2 years after graduation from the Gobelins School of Images – Paris in 2003. Then a parenthesis of 12 years working as a creative in advertising. From 2016 to 2021, he joined Studio Hans Lucas, one of the main French groups of professional photo reporters thanks to cooptation by its founder, Wilfrid Estève.