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Detroit Is: An Essay In Photographs

  • 16 Jul 2015
  • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • The Scarab Club

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The Scarab Club presents a special celebration and presentation of "Detroit Is: An Essay In Photographs", featuring photographs by J. Gordon Rodwan and words by John G. Rodwan, Jr.


This book offers a very personal depiction of an often misrepresented and maligned place. It presents multiple, diverse, contrasting aspects of the complex city. J. Gordon Rodwan’s photographs show sides of the city that many people – residents and non residents alike – often miss rather than reproducing images already widely seen.


They don’t ignore the dilapidated parts of the city, but they don’t fetishise those elements either. Instead, Rodwan juxtaposes them with images capturing efforts to cultivate and sustain creativity and vibrancy in place where too many expect to see only relics or despair. Neither ‘ruin porn’ nor an equally distorted boosterish presentation of only the positive, Detroit Is offers a highly individual look at what it’s like to live in Detroit. Complementing the photographs are an introductory essay and poems by the photographer’s son, John G. Rodwan, Jr.



This program is part of the Booked @ The Scarab Club Series, a partnership between The Scarab Club and Wayne State University Press.


The Scarab Club is supported in part by awards from the Kresge Foundation, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation and the National  Endowment for the Arts.

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