Showcase of Urban Decay Photography

Urban decay can serve as an excellent source of design inspiration for textured, grunge-style designs. Taking in these scenes first hand is a great way to get some inspiration offline from your surroundings, but viewing photos of urban decay is a suitable substitute when it’s not possible to experience in person.

In this post we’ll showcase 40 examples of urban decay photography for your inspiration. To see any of the photos in larger sizes or to see more work from the photographer, click through the links to be led to the source.

Urban Decay

Photo credit: Jonas Bunten

Urban Decay

Photo credit: Gracey Heart Photography

Urban Decay

Photo credit: Mark Gagne

Urban Decay

Photo credit: Mark Wisniowski

Urban Decay

Photo credit: Sam Scholes

Urban Decay

Photo credit: Sam Scholes

Urban Decay

Photo credit: Sam Scholes

Urban Decay

Photo credit: Sam Scholes

Urban Decay

Photo credit: Kevin Bauman

Urban Decay

Photo credit: Kevin Bauman

Urban Decay

Photo credit: Mark Wisniowski

Urban Decay

Photo credit: Mark Wisniowski

Urban Decay

Photo credit: Xavier Portebois

Urban Decay

Photo credit: Xavier Portebois

Urban Decay

Photo credit: Tomasz Przetacznik

Urban Decay

Photo credit: Jonathan Dy

Urban Decay

Photo credit: Jonathan Dy

Urban Decay

Photo credit: Injektilo

Urban Decay

Photo credit: Jonny McCauley

Urban Decay

Photo credit: Robert Hall

Urban Decay

Photo credit: Gracey Heart Photography

Urban Decay

Photo credit: Gracey Heart Photography

Urban Decay

Photo credit: Seth M

Urban Decay

Photo credit: Robyn Gallant

Urban Decay

Photo credit: Nathan Wood

Urban Decay

Photo credit: Joey Gannon

Urban Decay

Photo credit: Zeb Love

Urban Decay

Photo credit: Allison Smith

Urban Decay

Photo credit: Matt Stephens

Urban Decay

Photo credit: Stefaan Beernaert

Urban Decay

Photo credit: Stefaan Beernaert

Urban Decay

Photo credit: Mark Gagne

Urban Decay

Photo credit: Mark Gagne

Urban Decay

Photo credit: Mark Gagne

Urban Decay

Photo credit: Davide Folloni

Urban Decay

Photo credit: Bob Jagendorf

Urban Decay

Photo credit: dboy

Urban Decay

Photo credit: Carl Jones

Urban Decay

Photo credit: Tim Fleming

Urban Decay

Photo credit: Tim Fleming

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Published September 28th, 2011 by

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  • Glenn, September 28, 2011

    Don’t know why this type of subject matter fascinates me, but it does. So much detail, unexpected colors, and great material for an apocalyptic movie set :)

    Detroit is a great city to find these types of photo ops. Sad but true.

  • Laurel G, September 28, 2011

    These spaces are beautiful and sad all at the same time.

  • Website Design, September 28, 2011

    These pictures are really beautiful. They have all different feel to everyone of them. Great job by the picture takers.

  • Christian, September 29, 2011

    Great pictures! Thanks!

  • aledesign.it, September 29, 2011

    Greats set for great shootings! Where are these place please!! ahah Thanks for sharing these beautiful places!

  • SethRoberts, September 30, 2011

    The locations are great, but they would not stand out so much if not for the brilliant photographers.

    Very melancholy.

  • Saskia, September 30, 2011

    I love those abandoned houses.

    One of my favorite motives is Beelitz Heilstätten. http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=Beelitz%20Heilst%C3%A4tten

  • seslieses, October 1, 2011

    Detroit is a great city to find these types of photo ops. Sad but true.

  • wall art, October 5, 2011

    Great photos, thanks for the share.

  • Dzinepress, October 5, 2011

    these may be have world war 2 memories even i saw more like these in war movies.

  • evan, October 10, 2011

    This is just amazing!

  • Mark Ciochon, October 10, 2011

    I forget what type of photography these pictures are done with but they are really cool. I love the boats in the warehouse. Thanks for sharing and can’t wait for more photos to be put up!

  • Paul, October 11, 2011

    We got some amazing urban decay profile pictures for our design agency by the excellent Belfast photographer Richard Watson.
    http://richardwatsonphotography.wordpress.com/2011/09/13/creative-media/

    • Vandelay Website Design, October 11, 2011

      Paul,
      Great photos! They’re definitely unique compared to standard company profile photos.