About Detroit Is

  • Detroit Is - an essay in photographs by J. Gordon Rodwan, text by John G. Rodwan, Jr.
  • Detroit Is - an essay in photographs by J. Gordon Rodwan, text by John G. Rodwan, Jr.
  • Detroit Is - an essay in photographs by J. Gordon Rodwan, text by John G. Rodwan, Jr.
  • Detroit Is - an essay in photographs by J. Gordon Rodwan, text by John G. Rodwan, Jr.
  • Detroit Is - an essay in photographs by J. Gordon Rodwan, text by John G. Rodwan, Jr.
  • Detroit Is - an essay in photographs by J. Gordon Rodwan, text by John G. Rodwan, Jr.
  • Detroit Is - an essay in photographs by J. Gordon Rodwan, text by John G. Rodwan, Jr.
  • Detroit Is - an essay in photographs by J. Gordon Rodwan, text by John G. Rodwan, Jr.
  • Detroit Is - an essay in photographs by J. Gordon Rodwan, text by John G. Rodwan, Jr.
  • Detroit Is - an essay in photographs by J. Gordon Rodwan, text by John G. Rodwan, Jr.
  • Detroit Is - an essay in photographs by J. Gordon Rodwan, text by John G. Rodwan, Jr.

Book Details

  • Publisher: KMW studio publishing
  • Publication date: Winter 2015
  • Photographs: J. Gordon Rodwan
  • Text: John G. Rodwan, Jr.
  • Pages: 104 | Hardcover
  • Images: 34 color, 46 b&w
  • Size: 6 in x 8 in
  • ISBN: 9780989885683

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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.

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Events

Detroit Is

Thursday, June 2, 2016 - 6 PM

Pages Bookshop

19560 Grand River, Detroit, MI 48223
ph: 313.473.7342

www.pagesbkshop.com

Past Events

Detroit Is presentation

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 7:30 PM

Starkweather Gallery

219 N. Main, Romeo, MI
ph: 586.752.5700

www.starkweatherarts.com

Detroit Is/How to Live in Detroit Redux

Sunday, February 28, 2016 - 3 pm

The Book Beat

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.

thebookbeat.com

Detroit Is Book Signing

Saturday, February 20, 2016 - 2-4 pm

Lawrence Street Gallery

22620 Woodward Ave., Ferndale, MI 48220

www.lawrencestreetgallery.com

Detroit Is on the Avenue of Fashion

Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 3 pm

Good Cakes and Bakes

19363 Livernois Ave., Detroit, MI 48221

Coffee, cupcakes and conversation with the authors in their neighborhood.

goodcakesandbakes.com

Detroit Is: An Essay in Photographs - Discussion & Book Signing

Saturday, February 06, 2016 - 3 pm

Nicola's Books

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'

www.nicolasbooks.com

Detroit Is/Canvas Detroit

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 6 pm

Pages Bookshop

19560 Grand River
Detroit, MI 48223

A conversation among the Rodwans and Nichole Christian, co-author of Canvas Detroit

www.pagesbkshop.com

Detroit Is - Book Launch Event

NEW DATE - Thursday January 14, 2016 - 6pm to 9pm

The Scarab Club

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.

scarabclub.org

Detroit Is/How to Live in Detroit

Sunday, December 13 - 2 pm

Source Booksellers

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.

www.sourcebooksellers.com

The Authors

J. Gordon Rodwan

J. Gordon Rodwan is a prize-winning photographer whose work has been displayed in the Scarab Club, the Detroit Artist Market, the Birmingham Community House, the Grosse Pointe Arts Center and other galleries as well as in private collections throughout Michigan. As a twenty-year-plus member of the Photographic Guild of Detroit, he is a frequent judge and photography critic for that organization as well as the Greater Detroit Camera Club Council and the Photographic Society of America. For several years, he has served as a photography mentor in Focus: HOPE’s “Focus on the Mission” program. He is an active member of the Lawrence Street Gallery. His photographs have appeared in publications including The American Interest, Belt Magazine and San Pedro River Review. A graduate of both Kalamazoo College and the University of Michigan, he has lived in Detroit for more than forty years.

 

John G. Rodwan, Jr.

John G. Rodwan, Jr. is the author of the essay collections Holidays and Other Disasters and Fighters & Writers as well as the chapbook Christmas Things. His poems and nonfiction have appeared in journals such as Blood and Thunder, Concho River Review, Cream City Review, Jazz Research Journal, Midwestern Gothic, Pacific Review, Pea River Journal, Red Earth Review and Trickster. A graduate of both Kalamazoo College and Wayne State University, he has lived in Geneva, Switzerland; Brooklyn, New York; and Portland, Oregon, as well as his hometown of Detroit, where he currently resides.

Press

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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."

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