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Photos: 'States of Decay'

Updated 11:42 AM ET, Tue December 3, 2013
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The cover photo for "States of Decay," a photo book by Daniel Barter and Daniel Marbaix, was shot in a cathedral in Pennsylvania during their photographic exploration of the northeastern United States. Daniel Marbaix/Daniel Barter/States of Decay
For "States of Decay," the photographers traveled through America's Rust Belt, a geographic term used to describe the economic decline of America's industrial heartland. They found a rack of forgotten bowling shoes in an old asylum in New York. Daniel Marbaix/Daniel Barter/States of Decay
They explored parts of central New York state, where they found this room with a view in an abandoned Masonic lodge. Daniel Marbaix/Daniel Barter/States of Decay
Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia closed in 1971, making for eerie pictures of cellblocks from the defunct prison. Daniel Marbaix/DanielBarter/States of Decay
The photographers declined to provide a specific location for most of the sites they visited, including this asylum in upstate New York, citing "exploring ethics." Dan Marbaix/Dan Barter/ States of Decay
These dusty boots are just a few of the forgotten artifacts they found in this coal-breaking plant in Pennsylvania. Daniel Marbaix/Daniel Barter/States of Decay
This shot was taken in a chapel in New York. Daniel Marbaix/DanielBarter/States of Decay
The photographers took pleasure in exploring abandoned structures like this grain silo in upstate New York for the perfect shot. Daniel Marbaix/DanielBarter/States of Decay
Each room and hall of this defunct sanitarium in New York was ripe for exploration, the photographers say. Daniel Marbaix/DanielBarter/States of Decay
Their explorations brought them to this desolate theater in Connecticut. Daniel Marbaix/DanielBarter/States of Decay
The photographers say they didn't stage photos for this series, making this arrangement of televisions in a New York hotel all the more curious. Dan Marbaix/Dan Barter/ States of Decay
"I had to leave my mark somewhere" says this note found on a wall in a New Jersey asylum. Daniel Marbaix/Daniel Barter/States of Decay