30 Incredible Examples of Urban Decay Photography

By / Feb 10, 2010 / Inspiration

During the lifespan of a city, certain events take place that cause buildings and areas to become abandoned. With nobody around to provide upkeep or maintenance on the structures of these areas, things begin to fall into disrepair. This is known as urban decay. At first glance, these decrepit environments may seem hopeless. However, through the lens of a camera, a talented photographer can reveal beauty in the most unlikely of places.

Here are 30 incredible examples of urban decay photography. These photos are a great source of inspiration and possess many impressive qualities, including an abundance of interesting textures.

Make sure you click on each photo to see a larger version and learn more about each of the talented photographers behind the cameras.

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Henry Jones is a web developer, designer, and entrepreneur with over 14 years of experience. He is the founder of WDL and ThemeTrust.

  • http://dakshinasd.blogspot.com Dakshina

    This is awesome!!!!

  • http://www.webdesigns-rosenheim.de Webdesign Rosenheim

    Wow!
    Very nice collection!
    I like the one with the chalkboard the most!

    Thanks for sharing

  • http://feedgrids.com Dimi

    That is some truly beautiful shots, thanks for putting this post together!

  • http://www.dontshitme.com.au Don

    Seeing many of this type of photo together shows me how gorgeous they can be. One every now and then I have easily glossed over. I need to try this, thank you!

  • http://blog.insicdesigns.com insic

    Beautiful images.

  • http://www.shariblog.com Amit

    brilliant composition in all the pics..amazing perspective,unusual place.. lovely contrast in the 10th pic..

  • simon

    too much hdr in my opinion

    • Jesse

      Yep. Way too much HDR.

      • http://www.hackingplace.com Bradley L. Garrett

        I agree. Nice images but we are overloaded with dereliction in HDR.

        • Kristen

          I’m sure the locations are amazing without the HDR. Its unnecessary, looks ridiculous and way too overused.

          • http://madziabryll.blogspot.com mdz

            I agree, too much HDR. I would much rather see shots with less post-processing. I’m not sure some of the didn’t have additional textures and ‘vintage’ type filters put on to enhance the decayed look. Which is fine, except I was expecting to see real urban decay, not imaginary one.

  • http://www.underworldmagazines.com julio Rivera

    beautiful images

  • http://www.jordanwalker.net/index.php Jordan Walker

    Bring on the grunge!

  • http://creativelara.com Lara

    These are so inspiring! I love urban decay photos!

  • Kae

    Amazing pictures! Great shots : )

  • jkiel

    Thanks for sharing – I love ratty old buildings, love to shoot them, love to look at them…

  • http://www.motionblurstudios.com Chris Luckhardt
    • http://imeerocks.net Imee

      Pretty good shots you got here. I especially like the one captioned Cargill Blues.

  • Rufhausen

    The HDR is way over the top. I’d prefer more naturally looking photos.

  • Randy Little

    They are no longer photo’s once you have ADDED lighting elements that didn’t exist and shouldn’t be labeled as such. they are very nice Illustrations that use photography and they are beautiful What they are not is any kind of truth about the locations.

  • http://www.michelejohnsen.com Michele

    These are absolutely stunning! An inspiration!

  • http://imeerocks.net Imee

    Astounding… I’m a big fan of when something not so good is turned into something beautiful. These can be great for high fashion photoshoots and even album inserts :]

  • http://www.flixelpix.com David

    These examples are utterly stunning. I have a real passion for urban decay photography although none of my photos come even close. http://www.flixelpix.com/?s=barbour inspirational, the school photo is my favourite.

  • Dorothy Melvin

    Fantastic!

    I would like also to recomend this brazilian website specialized in show pictures of decay places in Sao Paulo, largest brazilian city:

    http://www.saopauloabandonada.com.br

    Unfortunately is in portuguese only yet, but photos are universal language, right ? 😉

  • http://www.zeroy.com Zeroy

    Nice pics!!!

  • charmdeyes

    Thank you, really beautiful, like standing
    still in time.

  • http://www.geotrouvetout.eu/wordpress GeoTrouvetout
  • http://photos.jmleclercq.com jmleclercq

    Great collection !
    Jean-Michel

  • http://designvassal.com pixeltarian

    are you should this shouldn’t be called “30 decent HDR photos” ???

    I would very much like to see natural shots of these photos. HDR always looks like the latest 3D video game. can’t stand it really.

  • http://www.comfortinfashion.com/ Thomas

    Like a lot. Looks ancient and urban.

  • Abigail Pereira

    i love ALL the pics .. :)
    and thanks for post this … its realy an inspiration :’)

  • http://rapidcow.com Buzz

    Pretty good shots you got here. I especially like the one captioned Cargill Blues.

  • http://viuu.co.uk TwitterBackgrounds

    Love the photos :) They are stunning. Who knew that decay could be that beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  • http://www.ananasamiami.com/ Julie

    Amazing! Who are the photographers?

  • http://rubylee1776.wordpress.com/ Ruby Lee

    can only repeat what others have said – this is a beautiful collection of imagery

  • c

    HDR!!!!!! all look enhanced, to the point of cliche.

  • http://matt.mn/ Matt Sandy

    Definitely some amazing photos, but I think for these the really amazing part is the post work done on them. I especially love the one with the couches.

  • http://@offranz Francisco Costa

    Very Nice!

  • http://www.dezineweblog.com/ Jahangir

    Grungy effects are the quality of these urban photographs.

  • http://www.marksmithphotography.co.uk Mark – Devon Wedding Photographer

    There are some amazing photographers out there. I stick to weddings and portraits and really can’t do architectural stuff justice but these are wonderful to look at. The composition, use of light and post production are rocking. I’m just trying to figure using locations like this and putting a beautiful bride in, would look pretty cool.