Photographers find beauty in 'states of decay'

Story highlights

  • Abandoned churches, prisons, asylums are the stars of the photo book "States of Decay"
  • Photographers Daniel Marbaix and Daniel Barter found their subjects in America's Rust Belt
  • A shared fascination with old buildings brought the photographers together
British photographers and self-described "urban explorers" Daniel Marbaix and Daniel Barter see beauty amid the desolation of abandoned buildings.
Their shoots have brought them to defunct factories, mines and houses of worship around the world, from their native England to Japan. For their first book, they captured the forgotten structures of the eastern United States: ruins of churches and theaters in New York City, derelict train stations, asylums and factories in the Rust Belt.
Images from "States of Decay," published in July, evoke different reactions, especially the book's cover. Shot by Barter, it shows an American flag hanging over a defaced frieze of the Last Supper. Barter said the image reflects the se