Photographs from Detroit, 1975-2019

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11.9 X 8.9 X 0.6 inches | 2.12 pounds

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About the Author

Bruce Harkness holds an MFA from Wayne State University and is the former city photographer of Dearborn, Michigan. His photographs have been published in Detroit Images: Photographs of the Renaissance City, Arab Detroit: From Margin to Mainstream, and Before Fair Lane: Historic Houses from Henry Ford's Hometown, Dearborn, Michigan (1832-1916), as well as in the Detroit Free Press. The Bruce L. Harkness Poletown collection of prints and digital images is housed in the Walter P. Reuther Library at Wayne State University. Historians, filmmakers, and urban planners often use Harkness's photographs as valuable reference material.

John J. Bukowczyk is a professor of history at Wayne State University, the author of numerous articles and books on immigration and ethnic history, series editor for the Polish and Polish-American Studies series from Ohio University Press, and coeditor of Detroit Images: Photographs of the Renaissance City.

"Bruce Harkness is a masterful hunter, communicator, and seer in the visual language of photography. His photographs are charged with an emotional level that transfixes the viewer into wanting to know more."--Adger Cowans, author of Adger and Personal Vision: Photographs and cofounder and president of Kamoinge
"In this collection of intimate portraits, ragged streetscapes, and lively clubs and coffeehouses, Bruce Harkness depicts the stark beauty of Detroit and its people. Sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes uplifting, and always beautiful, Harkness captures both the city's struggles and its profound resilience."--Thomas J. Sugrue, author of The Origins of the Urban Crisis: Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit
"In the 1950s, the avant-garde group known as the Situationist International developed the concept of dérive (French: drift) to describe a method of serendipitously navigating the urban environment to reveal its objective and subjective conditions, to disclose not only how things look but how they feel. Over a lifetime of circumambulating Detroit's environs, photographer Bruce Harkness has observed the often-neglected people and places of the city to expose, as it were, the essence of its otherwise marginalized physical, social, and emotional spaces. In these much-vaunted times of Detroit as a 'Comeback City, ' the photography of Bruce Harkness calls upon us to pause and take note of what too often gets left behind in the march of 'progress.'"--Vince Carducci, dean emeritus, College for Creative Studies
"Harkness's photography portrays the undulating moods of shadow and light refracted in a community's afterlife and rebirth, like the image of jazz great Marcus Belgrave reconfiguring loss into belief flowing from his trumpet."--Melba Joyce Boyd, distinguished professor in African American studies, Wayne State University, and author of Discarded Legacy: Politics and Poetics in the Life of Frances E. W. Harper, 1825-1911
"An incredibly beautiful and elegantly constructed body of work...[with] masterful editing. The captions are unpretentious and straightforward, like the images, which navigate the years with honesty and sensitivity. Love it, man. Bravo."--Brian Day, award-winning Detroit street photographer