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Bruce Weber, Grace, Immanuel & April Archer at Perfecting Church, Detroit, Michigan, 2006, gelatin silver print, 24 × 20".

Bruce Weber

The Detroit Institute of Arts

Bruce Weber, Grace, Immanuel & April Archer at Perfecting Church, Detroit, Michigan, 2006, gelatin silver print, 24 × 20".

In its simultaneously celebratory and critical framing of stereotypical Detroit in its current, postindustrial state, Bruce Weber’s recent exhibition was a welcome visualization of the Motor City. Comprising more than eighty mostly black-and-white medium- and large-format photographs and a ten-minute video (also shot in black-and-white), the show presented cityscapes and portraits taken by the New York–based fashion photographer when he visited the shrinking metropolis on assignments for W magazine in 2006, and for Shinola, the luxury Detroit watch manufacturer, in 2013.

Weber’s representations of the Detroit cityscape emphasize the city’s decentralized nature and its characteristic blending of low-slung industrial, commercial, and quasi-suburban areas. The photographer additionally highlighted some of Detroit’s iconic architecture—Michigan Central Station, Belle Isle, Woodlawn

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