Gaze: Photographing Detroit (with Danielle Aubert, Andrew Moore and Camilo José Vergara)

Monday, November 12, 2012
Wood Auditorium

Danielle Aubert, Thanks for the View, Mr. Mies
Andrew Moore, Detroit Disassembled
Camilo José Vergara, American Ruins
with Robert Beauregard, Columbia University GSAPP and Andrew Herscher, University of Michigan

Detroit, Michigan, is one of the most photogenic US cities today. Vibrant or vacant, symbolizing crisis or hope—this conversation brings together renowned photographers Andrew Moore and Camilo José Vergara and graphic designer Danielle Aubert to discuss their distinct and compelling representations of the Motor City.

Moore’s monumental photographs of the city’s ruins in Detroit Disassembled and Vergara’s documentation of its transformation over time in Detroit Is No Dry Bones are concurrently on display at the National Building Museum in Washington DC, while Aubert’s recently released Detroit success story Thanks for the View, Mr. Mies (coedited with Lana Cavar and Natasha Chandani) zooms in on the lives of Mies van der Rohe’s urban renewal project Lafayette Park in micro-detail.

They will be joined by Robert Beauregard, Urban Planning, and Andrew Herscher, University of Michigan and author of the forthcoming The Unreal Estate Guide to Detroit.


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