Topic: Detroit

View East along Temple St. from Cass Ave., Detroit, 2013
Photo Essay

Detroit by Night: Haunting, Desolate Streetscapes by Camilo José Vergara

Photographer Camilo José Vergara finds himself drawn to Detroit in the darkest hours of the night.

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Enrico Natali
Out There

Defying Expectations: An Alternative (and Peaceful) Look at 1968 Detroit

Today, Detroit is an exotic and extreme place whose grassy fields and acres upon acres of concrete ruins evoke horror and shame even from those who live there, writes Laura Berman of the Detroit News. But what Enrico Natali’s photographs from the late 60s capture is normality: a Detroit that’s neither urban outlier nor crucible of failure.

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Dave Jordano
Photo Essay

Detroit’s Fight to Survive: A Humanist’s Look at the Motor City

A second-generation Detroit native living in Chicago, photographer Dave Jordano returned to his home city three years ago with a mission: not to document what’s been destroyed, but to record what’s been left behind and the lives of those coping with it.

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Camilo José Vergara
Out There

From the Inner Cities to the White House: Photographs by Camilo José Vergara

This week, Camilo José Vergara will become the first photographer ever to receive the National Humanities Medal. He writes for LightBox about his dedicated, meticulous approach in documenting some of the poorest and most segregated communities in urban America.

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Photo Essay

Happy 70th Birthday, Janis Joplin: Photos of the Young Blues Star

Janis Joplin’s 70th birthday would have been on Saturday. In tribute, LightBox presents a rare look into the young blues singer’s life by photographer Elliott Landy.

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Camilo José Vergara
Photo Essay

Twin Towers and the Metropolis: 1970-2011

Photographer Camilo José Vergara writes for LightBox about his photographs of the World Trade Center taken over the past 41 years. Within his images, the Towers’ absence speaks perhaps even more powerfully than their presence.

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Corine Vermeulen
Photo Essay

Teen Moms in Detroit: Fighting to Save the School that Saved Them

The Catherine Ferguson Academy, part urban farm, part college prep, has horses grazing along the former running track, hay growing in empty lots and an apple orchard with hens running through it, all in the heart of burned-out Detroit. In a city that has a graduation rate of 62%, the academy, part of the Detroit Public Schools system, grants diplomas to 95% of their students—all pregnant teens or young mothers—and every one of them has a college acceptance letter in her back pocket.

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Afghanistan
Closeup

Closeup: Best Pictures of the Week, April 1 – April 8

This week Afghanistan protestors react to a U.S. pastor’s burning of the Quran, the Libyan conflict continues, and UN peacekeepers provide security in Ivory Coast.

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