Rust Belt Road Trip: Photographer David Zaitz


Los Angeles-based photographer David Zaitz took a six day road trip through the Rust Belt in July 2009.  Zaitz drove over 1,900 miles in seven days, visiting legendary Rust Belt cities such as Gary, South Bend, Elkhardt, Youngstown, Wheeling, Canton, Akron, Detroit and Flint.


Zaitz will be posting additional images and commentary from his trip in the coming weeks.

Intermission in Toledo, Ohio

Intermission in Toledo, Ohio

A selection of his photographic essay can be seen here.



Filed under Art, The Big Urban Photography Project

6 responses to “Rust Belt Road Trip: Photographer David Zaitz

  1. Special K

    Amazing photos. Angie, where do you find all these great photo essays?

    I especially liked the photog’s clever comments that accompanied each image.

    My one complaint: I wish there was more information about where each picture came from, i.e. city, circumstances, general location. For instance, the theater in Toledo…is this the Ohio Theater on Lagrange Street? Or somewhere else?

  2. Eric

    I think the great/depressingly sad thing is that it could be both theatres.

  3. David Zaitz

    That theater was on the second floor of a building in the 1400 block of Front Street. I wasn’t able to determine what this place was: no signage, etc. Here’s a Google street view of the building:,+OH&sll=33.970669,-118.408695&sspn=0.009503,0.016501&ie=UTF8&layer=c&cbll=41.661006,-83.50124&panoid=AQ7lYp8l-wnGIp-ClM3LDw&cbp=12,120.41,,0,-6.7&ll=41.661082,-83.501158&spn=0.017121,0.033002&z=15&iwloc=A

  4. Special K

    Thanks for the update.

  5. Great photo series. It doesn’t take a trained eye to see the beauty in the decay, but it does take a trained eye to present it so well.

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