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In Exhibition at the 2016 Venice Biennale!

A photograph of mine from my continuing photographic project on the city of my birth, DETROIT:DEFINITION, has been selected for participation at the prestigious 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale.

The US Pavilion this year has chosen Detroit as its focus, naming its exhibition "The Architectural Imagination," and has selected 12 stellar architects to propose projects for four sites in Detroit with an eye for application internationally.  An adjunct to the architecture was a competition ("My Detroit") for 20 photographic images to represent Detroit, the winning images to be printed on postcards and available onsite and in the exhibition catalog. A photograph of mine was one of the 20 selected.

The announcement made headlines in Detroit - even on the front page of the Detroit Free Press - as well as various architectural and other media, and I was so honored that my image was often used to represent this part of the project. One review from Fast Compan
y can be seen on my Detroit:Definition Blog.

My photograph is a perspective on Detroit, then and now, encompassing centuries of Detroit's architectural, social, cultural and industrial experience.  It is photographed from a residential unit within the Gunnar Birkerts' designed 1300 Lafayette East Cooperative (1961-1963) on Detroit's central eastside looking north to a view intersected by the smokestacks of industry and the spires of churches over the mid-century Lafayette Park development designed by Mies van der Rohe (1954) that replaced Black Bottom, the once-vibrant African-American enclave. To the far upper left is New Center's classic Fisher Building designed by Albert Kahn (1928). Such a brilliant city!
THE ARCHITECTURAL IMAGINATION at the Venice Architecture Biennale. 

28 May to 27 November 2016


My thanks as always to the now many in Detroit who have directed me to opportunities to capture this city for the DETROIT:DEFINITION project, now in its 6th year, that has led me to this moment.  And of course my thanks to THE ARCHITECTURAL IMAGINATION, its co-curators,Cynthia Davidson and Monica Ponce de Leon, and to photographer and sociologist Camilo José Vergara who also co-juried the "My Detroit" competition.  Congratulations to the chosen Biennale architects and to my fellow Biennale photographers. This is a great honor.

As mentioned, all postcards will be displayed throughout the exhibition for attendees to take as a memento and the images also be published in the exhibition catalog. If you attend, pick up one of my postcards and send it to me! 

I have now visited Detroit 10 times in the last five years and with each visit, find more to admire in this city that is now at the forefront of representing what the United States is all about.