35 Examples of Surprisingly Beautiful Urban Decay Photography

In today’s photography inspiration post, we are showcasing the beauty in the most unlikely places. This type of photography concentrates on capturing the abandoned buildings, ruined, degraded and out of use side of the city space. This is referred to as urban decay photography. Urban decay is the phenomenon whereby a previously functional city or town become run down and undesirable to live in because of environmental degradation. This environmental degradation is caused by the changing socioeconomic condition. The troubled socioeconomic condition leads to failure of businesses which lessen job opportunities. Because of this people moves away in search for opportunities leaving the area in despair.

Here are the 35 Examples of Surprisingly Beautiful Urban Decay Photography. Browse this list and take a look at the beauty of urban in its eroding elegance.

Potters Manor – extreme decay!

Potters Manor - extreme decay!
By: The Urban Adventure
A house built in 1904 and has been emptied ever since the husband of the owner died.
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Urban Decline

Urban decline
By: Gallery 54
A photo of an abandoned shop in Drachten.
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Downtown Lima Decay

Downtown Lima Decay
By: mat4226
A photo of an older industrial town which is located less than two blocks from the “new” center of downtown in Lima, Ohio.
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Urban Decay

Urban Decay
By: mudrickphoto
Another great photo of a decayed place.
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100 Abandoned Houses

100 Abandoned Houses
By: Kevin Bauman
A photo of one of the abandoned houses in Michigan.
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120 Urban Decay

120 Urban Decay
By: Mark Wisniowski
Another photo of an abandoned building.
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Aubes perpétuelles

Aubes perpétuelles
By: Xavier Portebois
Another photo of a decayed place.
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Urban Decay

Urban Decay
By: Jonas Buntenbruch
Another great example of an uban decay photography.
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Cathedral of Urban Decay

Cathedral of Urban Decay
By: JLMphoto
One of several train “barns” on the Pullman Yard property.
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GEBE Factory

GEBE Factory
By: SonikGroove
A photo of an abandoned factory in Vienna.
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Decay

Decay
By: Godbane
A very nice HDR photo of a decayed place.
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Gemini

Gemini
By: MichelleLynn725
Another great example of a decayed place.
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120 Urban Decay

120 Urban Decay
By: Mark Wisniowski
A photo of an abandoned place.
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Urban Decay

Urban Decay
By: Jonas Buntenbruch
Another nice photo of an abandoned place.
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Urban Decay

Urban Decay
By: Dipak49ers
A photo with dramatic saturation and gothic/comic book type feel taken in Leicester, England.
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The Decay Before The Regenaration

The Decay Before The Regenaration
By: Guy Eppel
A decayed place however the colors gave the place a happy inviting feel.
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Urban Decay: Closed and Sealed

Urban Decay: Closed and Sealed
By: xoxomissarixoxo
A photo of a closed and sealed abandoned building.
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120 Urban Decay

120 Urban decay
By: Mark Wisniowski
Another great example of a decayed place.
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Peeler

Peeler
By: antipotter
A photo taken at Chattanooga, TN.
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Lubrifin HDR 9

Lubrifin HDR 9
By: Shefu-de-combinat
A photo of an abandoned refinery at Brasov, Romania.
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Screened Porch

Screened Porch
By: Blind Owl Underground
Another photo of a creepy and decayed place.
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Abandoned Beverly Hills Hotel, Pittsburgh

Abandoned Beverly Hills Hotel, Pittsburgh
By: astrycula
A photo of an abandoned hotel along a road.
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Urban Decay

Urban Decay
By: ghostrider-in-ze-sky
Another photo of a decayed place.
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Urban Decay

Urban Decay
By: Jonas Buntenbruch
Great shot of a decayed place.
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Potters Manor – extreme decay!

Potters Manor - extreme decay!
By: The Urban Adventure
A house built with nice features but has already been abandoned.
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Detroit Public Schools Book Depository- Entrance

Detroit Public Schools Book Depository- Entrance
By: senor miller
An abandoned building that is been used to be the storage facility for all of the Detroit Public Schools.
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120 Urban Decay

120 Urban Decay
By: Mark Wisniowski
Another abandoned structure that is slowly been rotting away.
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Historic Milk Can

Historic Milk Can
By: BlueisCoool
A long abandoned Milk Can factory that was never reopened since it was moved into another place.
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Decay

Decay
By: Stevie Ites
Another shot of an abandoned place.
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Atacul Cocalarilor Imobiliari

Atacul cocalarilor imobiliari
By: Shefu-de-combinat
A rotten structure in Brasov, Romania.
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Decay

Decay
By: Jim Nix / Nomadic Pursuits
A photo of a dying old building in downtown Austin.
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120 Urban Decay

120 Urban Decay
By: Mark Wisniowski
Another great shot of an abandoned structure.
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Beautiful Decay

Beautiful Decay
By: McSlipec Photography
A photo taken in Winnipeg, MB.
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Old railway turntable – Oxford, England

Old railway turntable - Oxford, England
By: lyon photography
A magnificent photo of an old railway in Oxford, England.
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Decay

decay
By: gilbert terrazas
Great photo of an abandoned building with its paint already peeling.
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