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Author Vergara, Camilo J., author
Title Detroit is no dry bones : the eternal city of the industrial age / Camilo José Vergara
Imprint Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, 2016
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 HS Lib. Oversize Materials  HN80.D6 V47 2016    AVAILABLE    30610020528766
Descript v, 297 pages : color illustrations ; 24 x 29 cm
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Note "Detroit has lost nearly sixty percent of its population since the mid-1950s. Ethnographer and photographer Camilo José Vergara has traveled to Detroit to document not only the city's precipitous decline but also how its residents have survived. Through annual visits to Detroit over the past twenty five years, Vergara has sought to capture the image of the inner city and its changes over time. From the 1970s through the 1990s, these changes were almost all for the worse, as the built fabric of the city was erased through neglect and abandonment. But over the last decade Detroit has seen the beginnings of a positive transformation, and Detroit Is No Dry Bones provides unique documentation of the revival and its urbanistic possibilities. Beyond the fate of the city's buildings themselves, Vergara has consistently sought to illumine the lives of Detroit's people. Not only has he shown the impact of depopulation, disinvestment, and abandonment on their lives during the worst years of the urban crisis; but he has shown their resilience as well. The photographs are organized in part around the way people have re-used and re-purposed structures from the past. Vergara, for example, is unique in his documentation of local churches that have re-occupied old bank buildings and other impressive structures from the past and turned them into something unexpectedly powerful architecturally as well as spiritually"-- Provided by publisher
Subject Inner cities -- Michigan -- Detroit -- Pictorial works
Detroit (Mich.) -- Social conditions -- Pictorial works
Detroit (Mich.) -- Buildings, structures, etc. -- Pictorial works
Detroit (Mich.) -- Biography -- Pictorial works
Historic buildings -- Michigan -- Detroit -- Pictorial works
Buildings -- Remodeling for other use -- Michigan -- Detroit -- Pictorial works
Urban renewal -- Michigan -- Detroit -- Pictorial works
Social change -- Michigan -- Detroit -- Pictorial works
PHOTOGRAPHY / Subjects & Themes / Architectural & Industrial. bisacsh
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