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Just say Yes: Despite crime, arson and depopulation, Poletown lives in photos at the Yes Farm

By Michael Jackman

Published: 5/5/2010

Types: Arts, Photography

On a recent Sunday afternoon, the scene at Detroit's Yes Farm, a tightly knit community kept up by educators, artists and activists on the east side, is positively rural. Out on the urban prairie, the two-block mini-neighborhood is surprisingly intact and attractive, with its tree-lined street and s...[MORE]

Art Bar: Introducing ... the Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography!

By Metro Times arts staff

Published: 4/28/2010

Types: Arts, Photography

Just recently established by 39-year-old Detroit-by-way-of-Japan photog Kyohei Abe (director and chief curator), in anticipation of its inaugural opening, the Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography named the Museum of New Art's Jef Bourgeau as co-director, and local photographic auteurs, teache...[MORE]

Eye-Popping Detroit: Taking a dip in the MT Flickr photo pool

By Travis R. Wright

Published: 3/10/2010

Types: Arts, Photography

It's been about a year since we launched Motor City Seen (the Metro Times Flickr group featured on our website) and, since then, we've watched it grow into something bigger than we imagined. The idea is for you to show us and our online readers how you see our city and the outlying communities. All ...[MORE]

Go ahead, shoot yourself: Detroit photographers, exposed!

By Travis R. Wright

Published: 12/2/2009

Types: Arts, Photography

Good painters, it's said, look inward, often relying on a private emotional response, some right-brain trigger, to inform their art. Skilled photographers, it could be argued, are their outward-looking, left-brained counterparts, artists who consider rationality, chemistry, mathematics and motor...[MORE]

Ramblin' Gamblin' Men : New coffee-table book traces the history of one of Michigan's favorite rock 'n' roll sons

By Bill Holdship

Published: 10/21/2009

Types: Arts, Photography

Local photographer Thomas Weschler — who officially served as Bob Seger's road manager from 1969 through 1973 — had unlimited access to Seger and his camp for several decades, both during and after his official managerial duties. In other words, Weschler was there, almost like a fly on t...[MORE]

Eye to eye: So you're studying photography? Read this.

By Travis R. Wright

Published: 8/26/2009

Types: Arts, Photography

Before she was an urban exploring, photo journalizing, portrait-capturing woman, Vanessa Miller was gettin' down and nerdy in Wayne State University's darkest rooms.  She's but a couple years removed from her college days, so who better to query about separating true sensitivity and beauty from the ...[MORE]

Josh Band: An eye for an eye

By Travis R. Wright

Published: 4/8/2009

Types: Arts, Photography

Josh Band earned his living designing building-sweeping robots for the Department of Defense. Now he's a photographer. Few publications as yet have featured his work but you'd be hard-pressed to find a (working) model or stylist who doesn't know him, and roving gallery-goers in four Michigan c...[MORE]

Model citizen: Dress-up for big girls

By Erin O'Brien

Published: 2/11/2009

Types: Arts, Photography

The raw material of Erin O'Brien is not the stuff of pinup legend. I am neither young nor thin, and stand just a grilled baloney sandwich over 5 feet tall. I am not the sort who nips, tucks, primps or frets over the grays or dons lipstick. I do, however, tend to pounce on the bait of a challenge. ...[MORE]

Semivan's ghost dance : Her house may be haunted, her photos are definitely haunting

By Norene Cashen

Published: 10/8/2008

Types: Arts, Photography

A few months ago, photographer Lauren Semivan moved into a huge late 19th century house in Oakland County. Assigned as caretaker of this staggering showcase of forgotten art and antiques, she spent her first day cleaning the dust from Victorian-era sofas, claw-foot tables, ornate candlesticks ...[MORE]

Now you see it : Kenro Izu documents the ravages of time — and more

By Glen Mannisto

Published: 7/30/2008

Types: Arts, Photography

In this city of cars, with an economy founded on the production of the disposable, and, lately, an artistic identity founded on the exploitation of detritus, Kenro Izu: Sacred Places, explores the impermanence of the manmade in human history. It makes for an ironic little insight into the real...[MORE]

Muscle men: Fifty years after the day that ruined him, Douglas of Detroit finally gets his show

By Rebecca Mazzei

Published: 7/9/2008

Types: Arts, Photography

Book Beat owner, artist and collector Cary Loren is always on the lookout for a good story. He makes his living tracking down obscure hardcovers and well-worn paperbacks for our community, and we love him for it. But this here is the story of one rarity — a person, not a thing — th...[MORE]

Street life: A photographer documents America, one relationship at a time

By Andrew S. Klein

Published: 3/19/2008

Types: Arts, Photography

Rarely does a novice pick up a paintbrush, a pen or a camera and, right off the bat, create a product at a professional level. But that's exactly what happened to Peter Turnley and his twin brother, David, when they brought their camera to the working-class neighborhood on McClellan Street in ...[MORE]

Animal kingdom: A quiet winter's day at the Detroit Zoo

By Cyan James

Published: 1/9/2008

Types: Arts, Photography

On a bright day at the Detroit Metropolitan Zoo, only a handful of people wander over the quiet paths and peer into the snow-tufted enclosures where lions lounge and camels chew their feed. The zoo feels quainter in the winter than it does in summer, when loud families crowd the space. No stands di...[MORE]

Prints of Persia: Nuanced visions of life from Iranian artists

By Roger Green

Published: 10/10/2007

Types: Arts, Photography

As the drumbeats for war against Iran intensify, the question arises, where can we discover truths about that far-off land? From Ari Fleischer and the pro-war moneybags at Freedom's Watch? From Dana Perino?Get real. Better to gather input from Iranians, an option now auspiciously at hand in a...[MORE]

1999 Metro Times Photo Awards: Light. Color. Movement. Excitement ...

By Metro Times staff

Published: 6/2/1999

Types: Arts, Photography

...These words came up frequently when the judges for the 17th annual Metro Times Photo Awards got together to choose the winning images you see here in our interactive gallery. The judges — professional photographers Judy Eliyas and Bill Sanders, and MT’s arts e...[MORE]

Photographers' picks: What inspired this issue's shutterbugs

By Rebecca Mazzei

Published: 8/8/2007

Types: Arts, Photography

Here we asked the four photographers to offer up their cultural picks — books, music and film — that move them in some way, that aid in how they see things. Cyrus Karimipour Books: Daniel C. Dennett: Brainchildren: Essays of Designing Minds — Great collection of essays, ...[MORE]

Flicker & flash: Young, upcoming Detroit photographers get a forum, and it’s taking off

By Rebecca Mazzei

Published: 8/8/2007

Types: Arts, Photography

A photographer's job is to see things differently, to capture scenes others miss. When you show something that normally others wouldn't think to look at, at least framed that way, that's when you become a photographer, as opposed to just another person with a camera. A sensitivity to the peopl...[MORE]

Pixel Pictures: Americans go digital for holiday snapshots

By Larry Kaplan

Published: 12/2/1998

Types: Arts, Photography

We Americans are obsessed with taking pictures. Last year alone, we shot nearly 18 billion photographs. The majority of these snaps were taken to capture magic moments and to share with friends and relatives. This holiday season, ...[MORE]

Considering the upside : A Swiss photographer looks skyward in Detroit

By Matt Casadonte

Published: 6/27/2007

Types: Arts, Photography

Ansel Adams once said, "A good photograph is knowing where to stand." Looking at Christine Hunold's photographs, it's often difficult to determine where, exactly, she has chosen to stand, especially when you are told her pictures have not been altered in any way. You know you are looking at somethin...[MORE]

Not what you’d expect: Japan’s ‘lost generation’ and other discontents in U-M photo show

By Rebecca Mazzei

Published: 6/20/2007

Types: Arts, Photography

It hasn’t been daytime for a while in contemporary Japanese fiction. Novels such as Haruki Murakami's recent After Dark and 2005's award-winning Snakes and Earrings by Hitomi Kanehara depict nights with streets glistening silver like light's giving its last gift to the surface. At midnight, a T...[MORE]

Photo op: One teacher books her students’ first show

By Rebecca Mazzei

Published: 5/9/2007

Types: Arts, Photography

In Carrie Williams' first semester teaching photography at Royal Oak's Oakland Community College, her oldest student was 74. Back then, she was a young-looking 23. Williams recalls the elderly gent's surprise: "He looked at me like, 'What! — you're the instructor?" The fellow had a point. ...[MORE]

Feast your eyes: Picturing your favorite plate

By Rebecca Mazzei

Published: 4/11/2007

Types: Arts, Photography

People are weird about food. I know someone who seemingly has no problem pulling a cook's long black hair out of his hash browns at a greasy spoon, but gets totally grossed out if you don't wash "pre-washed" spinach well enough. It makes no sense. Here's my thing: When I really, really like a ...[MORE]

Three degrees of saturation: Susanne Hilberry offers up a trio of unsettling photographers

By George Tysh

Published: 4/4/2007

Types: Arts, Photography

"Astonish me!"According to a 20th century legend, that's what Ballets Russes impresario Serge Diaghilev once said to young Jean Cocteau, as he explained to the budding poet and filmmaker what he wanted from art above all. For viewers who expect the same kind of aesthetic jolt today, Outpost, t...[MORE]

Iraq: close and personal: Four dissenting photographers go the distance so we can find ourselves

By Nadia Abou-Karr

Published: 12/13/2006

Types: Arts, Photography

When I arrived in Amman, Jordan, last summer, the Israeli incursion into Lebanon had been going on for two weeks. Relatives of mine had fled Beirut a few days before my arrival, and we all stayed together at my uncle's house. At night my cousins and I would stay up late, smoking and sharing stor...[MORE]

Showstopper: Singer Audra Kubat exposed

By Rebecca Mazzei

Published: 12/13/2006

Types: Arts, Photography

One time I spotted Audra Kubat in a crowded concert hall, dancing seductively with, what on earth else, but her own shadow. She had rather consciously sought out the spotlight meant for a movie and stood directly in front of it so her silhouette was projected huge — like a real stunning am...[MORE]

Star shooter: Leibovitz plays the tension between candid and posed

By Corey Hall

Published: 10/11/2006

Types: Arts, Photography

Annie Leibovitz is the dean of celebrity portraiture in America, enshrined as a fixture at some of the nation's biggest magazines for nearly four decades. She got her start at Rolling Stone, where she worked from 1970 to 1983, and, as many know, took the last photographs of John Lennon just ho...[MORE]

Over the top : Treacy and Blow make the old hat into high art

By Glen Mannisto

Published: 7/12/2006

Types: Arts, Photography

In the breathless world of high fashion, the hat resides between provocative ornament and pure sculptural form. But this all changed the day that Isabella Blow, queen bee of British fashion, friend of Warhol and Basquiat, scion of scrofulous British nobility, met Philip Treacy, audacious novic...[MORE]

2006 Portraiture Photo Contest Winners

Published: 5/17/2006

Types: Arts, Photography

First place portraiture Spencer O. Kraft, Novi Second place portraiture Monica Bordé, Taylor Third place portraiture Carrie Burnett, Novi Color photo winners Black and White photo winners Experimental photo winners ...[MORE]

2006 Experimental Photo Contest Winners

Published: 5/17/2006

Types: Arts, Photography

First place experimental Allison Glenn, Grosse Pointe Woods Second place experimental Greg Blosser, Clawson Third place experimental Thomas Chopp, Detroit Portraiture photo winners Color photo winners Black and White photo winners ...[MORE]

2006 Black and White Photo Contest Winners

Published: 5/17/2006

Types: Arts, Photography

First place black & white Joshua Band, Ann Arbor Second place black & white Dave Lewinski, Warren Third place black & white Brian Brown, Windsor Honorable mention black & white Terrilyn McQueen, Oak Park Experimental photo winners Portraiture photo winners ...[MORE]

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