In 1913, up-and-coming car manufacturer Henry Ford perfected the first large-scale assembly line. Within a few years, Detroit was on the verge of becoming the world capital of the auto-mobile and the cradle of modern mass-production. For the first time in history, affluence was within the reach of the of the masses. Monumental skyscrapers and fancy neighbourhoods put the city’s wealth on display.
Photographers Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre began a five-year collaboration starting in 2005 to document this ‘Empire’ at the moment of collapse.