Documenting Detroit

Sep 14, 2016

Documenting Detroit is a collection of photographs taken by students from the College for Creative Studies during the 1970s and 1980s. Under the guidance of Detroit photographer and photography instructor Bill Rauhauser, students turned the urban landscape into works of art.

This exhibition offers a select sample of a vast collection that includes nearly 1,250 photographs of Detroit, from churches to construction sites, grocery stores to warehouses, hospitals to schools, and many others. The collection also provides a snapshot of visual symbols of Detroit during

The collection also provides a snapshot of visual symbols of Detroit during 20th century, including the Michigan Central Train Station, the J. L. Hudson’s Department Store on Woodward Avenue, construction of the Renaissance Center and Joe Louis Arena, and the abandonment of Poletown and the Warehouse District.

Photographs also document everyday Detroit, such as favorite restaurants (Jacoby’s, Astoria Bakery, Pegasus Taverna, Circa 1890 Saloon, and Sweetwater Tavern), families on Belle Isle, and vendors at Eastern Market.

You can search the entire Documenting Detroit collection and develop your own primary source sets by visiting: http://detroiths.pastperfect-online.comand search for “Documenting Detroit.”

The current exhibit is available during regular Detroit Center hours, September 14 – November 30, 2016.