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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.
Detroit Is is a new, gorgeous, and even playful look at the city’s landscape. In images and text, it finds surprising new ways to draw out Detroit’s kinetic multiplicities: nature and infrastructure, people and vacancy, creation and destruction, young and old, play and work, art and business, what’s come before and what’s coming next. It’s all here.”
Detroit Is captures the city as it truly is: complex, creative and completely alive despite endless reports of its demise. Bravo to photographer J. Gordon Rodwan., and writer John Rodwan Jr., for bypassing the easy imagery and narrow stereotypes that tend to define Detroit. Instead, they invite readers to look, to savor, to occasionally lament but ultimately decide for themselves what Detroit Is. How rare! How beautiful!”
The Detroit Is book is stunning!!!
19560 Grand River, Detroit, MI 48223
219 N. Main, Romeo, MI
26010 Greenfield, Oak Park, MI 48237
ph: 248-968-1190 fax: 248-968-3102
A conversation among the Rodwans and Aaron Foley, author of How to Live in Detroit without Being a Jackass, moderated by Anna Clark, author of Michigan Literary Luminaries.
22620 Woodward Ave., Ferndale, MI 48220
19363 Livernois Ave., Detroit, MI 48221
Coffee, cupcakes and conversation with the authors in their neighborhood.
2513 Jackson Ave, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Meet photographer J. Gordon Rodwan and author John G. Rodwan, Sr for a discussion and signing of 'Detroit Is: An Essay in Photographs'
19560 Grand River
Detroit, MI 48223
A conversation among the Rodwans and Nichole Christian, co-author of Canvas Detroit
217 Farnsworth St.
Detroit, MI 48202
Reception, Multimedia presentation and book-signing
Please join us in celebration of our new title: Detroit Is: An Essay in Photographs.
Books and photograph are available for sale and the authors will be signing copies.
4240 Cass Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201
A conversation among the Rodwans and Aaron Foley, author of How to Live in Detroit without Being a Jackass, moderated by Andrea Daniel, author of Like Gwendolyn.
About KMW studio publishing
KMW studio is an independent publisher of fine art and photographic books. Quoting Beaumont Newhall, "The camera and the printing press were linked from the very birth of photography." Our mission is to publish those "…who over the years have struggled to master it, to understand it, and to mold it to their vision."