States of Decay


These photos went viral recently and I usually don’t like jumping on the bandwagon with these things but I have fallen in love with some of these shots so felt it only right that I should share.


Photographer Daniel Marbaix breaks into abandoned houses & buildings to capture these incredible photos. Often prompting questions – Who were these people that lived here?


Coats hang on hooks, their colors still bright and handbags of polished leather look ready to be slung over a woman’s shoulder.


The once-grand house is badly dilapidated but its rooms still boast gorgeous fixtures and items inexplicably abandoned, suggesting a sudden flight from the home by its occupants.


What happened here?


Why did they leave in such a hurry?

Asylum, New Jersey






Resort, New York

Asylum, New York

Coal breaker, Pennsylvania

Elementary school, Pennsylvania

Elementary school, Pennsylvania

Cell block, Penitentiary, Pennsylvania

Church, Pennsylvania




The most eerie sight of the abandoned doctor’s house, is the physician’s exam room (above), complete with instruments and slices of kidney set between glass, ready to be examined.



He says little is known about the home, but he says the home has been abandoned for at least 20 years.


‘It looks like most of the family were killed in a car accident (found head stones for them in the house) and the lady of the house died shortly after leaving everything behind from work stuff… to personal photos and kids paintings,’ from all over Europe and North America.

Sanatorium, New York

Above image is from a sanatorium New-York–008 was the largest and most expensive of its kind when it was completed in 1930s.




Daniel Marbaix teamed with fellow photographer Daniel Barter and toured the United States to capture crumbling buildings that were once schools, prisons and asylums. They used images from this trip to form the book States of Decay

One thought on “States of Decay

  1. I love this, Mandy. Thanks for sharing. I think the title “States of Decay” is really interesting too- the use of the word “states” and how it could refer to the different states of America. These photos are great!

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