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 Decay2 by 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

UrbanDecay by 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 Fountain by 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

Krampnitz by James C Farmer

The Old Soccer Stadion by Static_P

In the Heart of the Plant by NARIBIS

MF by 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

Watcher by borderfilms (Doug)

OH Dexter City – Abandoned School by scottamus

Abandoned City Methodist Church, Gary, Indiana by Timothy Neesam

Pripyat – Abandoned City by Dazzababes

Abandoned City: Paper Circles by eruthnum

Abandoned City: Kitchen Stove by eruthnum

City Meth: Gary, Indiana by Noel Kerns

Abandoned Building in La Habana, Cuba by vormplus

Hospental, Abandoned Building: Switzerland by Tuuur

Abandoned Row Houses – Perlman Place (Baltimore) by sann235

NYC Ghetto: Bushwick Brooklyn by izakokomari890

Flats to Let 1987: South Bronx by Urban Photos

Grungy Wall Texture by iammi-z

Rust Texture by code1name

Grunge: Wooden Door by jazza

Lisbon Balconies by hbrinkman

Old Wood: Grungy Wooden Structure by jazza

Deserted Houses by barunpatro

Old Tower by cyborg1us

Old Stavelot: Ardennes, Belgium by hbrinkman

Museum? A Rundown Shack in Sofala, NSW, Australia by drakemata

Street Urban Decay: Porto City, Portugal by saavem

Tangled Wires by drog1998

Abandoned Warehouse 5: Gatke Building, Warsaw, IN by freschje

Miami, Arizona by kevinzim

New Orleans Alley post Katrina by bonesdog

Ruins by Marinela

Utrect: Canal in Holland by martwork

Old Door in a House in Limache, Chile by philhxc

Urban Winter: Saarbrücken, Bürgerpark by Author

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