French duo Yves Marchand and Roman Meffre seek to capture the Baroque-influenced décor of abandoned American theatres, with the project and series entitled Theatres, currently being displayed at the Polka Galerie in Paris. With a 4×5 camera, they began photographing theatres across America, starting in Detroit, where they came across one of many movie theatres which, built in the heart of the country’s main towns and cities, were later abandoned as a result of the baby boom and the move towards the American suburbs.
The result of the project are images which call to mind the photographic process of interwar photographer Karl Hugo Schmölz, with long exposure shots made with the use of handheld flashlights. Influenced by both the contemporary, Marchand and Meffre produce a romantic and poetic, albeit nostalgic, picture of the movie theatre.
Theatres will be on display until 4 August.