100 Captivating Examples of Urban Decay Photography

One of the things that makes a great designer is the ability to see beauty in unlikely places. And images of urban decay can really put that ability to the test.

Whether it’s images of abandoned buildings or simply a disregarded alley or nook, there is beauty to be found in the derelict and forgotten areas of the world’s cities. The images below give only a small taste of what’s out there, ready to inspire your next design project.

Urban Decay in Tacoma by anthonyh2006

Urban Decay at a Marin School by CourtneyAllison

Urban Decay: Nature Juxtaposed with Industry by Irit

Day 10 — Urban Decay (or Regrowth?) by brianjmatis

Urban Decay2by grigjr

Urban Decay — Sofas and Chairs by byonder

Urban Decay 11 — Courtyard by grigjr

Urban Decay – 01 — Graffiti by scotto

Urban Decay — Aerosol Cans by ridethespiral1

Urban Decay — Red Chair by secdoover

UrbanDecayby entengruetze

Urban Decay — English Academy by ghostrider-in-ze-sky

Urban Decay: American Auto by paperdolldreams

Urban Decay: Rusted Factory by JoeCollver

Urban Decay – 14: Warehouse by scotto

Urban Decay: Arches by VSprink

Urban Decay: Black and White Doorway by downhill

Urban Decay: Smoke Stacks by snake.eyes

Urban Decay 5: Sunlight Effects by ghostrider-in-ze-sky

Urban Decay Boston by tarotist

Urban Decay: Three Towers by bloodfilledlungs

Urban Decay: Water Fountainby Enzo D.

Urban Decay New Set – 1 by ro-stock

Rust in Peace by thespook

Decay VIII by Benjinoman

Queens Urban Decay 207a by chaserpaul

Urban Decay 3: Stroke-on-Trent by CarolAnneS

Urban Decay 2: Peeling Plaster and Brick by rosetigerdragon

Decay from the "Urban Exploration" Project by MuffYz

Urban Decay, Velluters by Xavi Calvo

Urban Decay (Moscow) by happy-dee-dooo

Urban Decay: Broken Window by B Rosen

Urban Decay 008: Peeling Paint by MarcoFiorentini

Old Colonial Mansion Opposite the National Museum by remittance_girl

Stuffed If I Know by MIAD

Dodgey Ladder by MIAD

Urbex Self Portrait by James Loesch

Blue Door, Yellow Wall by Stoxasths

Setting Up the Fair by Stoxasths

Krampnitzby James C Farmer

The Old Soccer Stadion by Static_P

In the Heart of the Plant by NARIBIS

MFby Static_P

West Park – Still Life 2 by Romanywg

Abandoned Asylum by andre.govia

Lier Mental Hospital – Old Wheel Chair by Anders V. Tøftemo

The Next Mission by Romanywg

West Park Reflections too by Romanywg

Green: Peeling Pain by James C Farmer

Please Close the Doors After Leaving by James C Farmer

Beelitz: #1 by James C Farmer

Way Out by James C Farmer

Beelitz: #2 by James C Farmer

Concrete Stairwell by Chris Leithead

Rust Macro at Filey by tina_manthorpe

Brooklyn Rust: The Brooklyn Bridge by Digital Agent

Locked Rust Blue by tina_manthorpe

Cracked Sidewalk in Front of Charlotte Street Arts Centre in Fredericton by Chris Campbell

Bowling Alley by keiththrn

Abandoned in Cork by slinky2000

Abandoned Building by Isaac E

Denbigh Abandoned Asylum by andre.goby

Pripyat, Ukraine Chernobyl by robot fotomat

Nuclear Winter in Chernobyl by Stuck in Customs

Pripyat Amusement Park, Ukraine Chernobyl by robot fotomat

Swimming Pool in the Abandoned School in Pripyat’ / Chernobyl by Danny–Boy

Urban Decay 8 by ghostrider-in-ze-sky

Abandoned Building in Pripyat’ / Chernobyl by Danny–Boy

Chernobyl/Pripyat, Ukraine: Ferris Wheel by 8333696

Abandoned Building in Pripyat’ / Chernobyl by DannyBoy

Watcherby borderfilms (Doug)

OH Dexter City – Abandoned School by scottamus

Abandoned City Methodist Church, Gary, Indiana by Timothy Neesam

Pripyat – Abandoned Cityby Dazzababes

Abandoned City: Paper Circlesby eruthnum

Abandoned City: Kitchen Stoveby eruthnum

City Meth: Gary, Indianaby Noel Kerns

Abandoned Building in La Habana, Cubaby vormplus

Hospental, Abandoned Building: Switzerlandby Tuuur

Abandoned Row Houses – Perlman Place (Baltimore)by sann235

NYC Ghetto: Bushwick Brooklynby izakokomari890

Flats to Let 1987: South Bronxby Urban Photos

Grungy Wall Textureby iammi-z

Rust Textureby code1name

Grunge: Wooden Doorby jazza

Lisbon Balconiesby hbrinkman

Old Wood: Grungy Wooden Structureby jazza

Deserted Housesby barunpatro

Old Towerby cyborg1us

Old Stavelot: Ardennes, Belgiumby hbrinkman

Museum? A Rundown Shack in Sofala, NSW, Australiaby drakemata

Street Urban Decay: Porto City, Portugalby saavem

Tangled Wiresby drog1998

Abandoned Warehouse 5: Gatke Building, Warsaw, INby freschje

Miami, Arizonaby kevinzim

New Orleans Alley post Katrinaby bonesdog

Ruinsby Marinela

Utrect: Canal in Hollandby martwork

Old Door in a House in Limache, Chileby philhxc

Urban Winter: Saarbrücken, Bürgerparkby Author

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