Found Photos in Detroit Arianna Arcara, Luca Santese
Cesura, 2012 | First edition, 1000 copies
Hardcover, 80 pages, 167 color plates, 420 x 297 mm
"The Italian photographers Arianna Arcara and Luca Santese found thousands of discarded vernacular photographs while they were documenting the city, and published a selection of them in Found Photos in Detroit. It is a particular selection. There are the usual family portraits and snapshots, but the majority of the images come from another source: photographs of crime scenes, victims, criminals presumably from an abandoned police station.
Found Photos in Detroit is a powerful testament to the ability of photography to stick in the mind and move us when it is illustrating the passing of time and lived lives, especially live in jeopardy, as many of those shown to be. Found Photos in Detroit is less about Detroit than about lost memories, and the medium’s intense, eternal melancholy."
– The Photobook: A History, Volume III, by Martin Parr and Gerry Badger