Detroit Is No Dry Bones: The Eternal City Of The Industrial Age by Camilo Jose VergaraDetroit Is No Dry Bones: The Eternal City Of The Industrial Age by Camilo Jose Vergara

Detroit Is No Dry Bones: The Eternal City Of The Industrial Age

byCamilo Jose Vergara

Hardcover | November 16, 2016

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Over the past 25 years, award-winning ethnographer and photographer Camilo José Vergara has traveled annually to Detroit to document not only the city’s precipitous decline but also how its residents have survived. From the 1970s through the 1990s, changes in Detroit were almost all for the worse, as the 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 the photography in 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’s camera has consistently sought to capture the distinct culture of this largely African American city. The photographs in this book, for example, are organized in part around the way people have re-used and re-purposed structures from the past. Vergara 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.

Camilo José Vergara was named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow in 2002 and received a Berlin Prize Fellowship in 2010. In 2013, he became the first photographer to be awarded the National Humanities Medal. He is author of numerous books, including Silent Cities: The Evolution of the American Cemetery; The New American Ghetto; and Harlem: ...
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Title:Detroit Is No Dry Bones: The Eternal City Of The Industrial AgeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9 × 11 × 1.3 inPublished:November 16, 2016Publisher:University of Michigan PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0472130110

ISBN - 13:9780472130115

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“Vergara is especially alert to changes in the urban landscape . . . perhaps more people will take a second, closer look at the wealth of native folk art we have all over town. And Vergara deserves thanks for recording them and offering a serious critical appraisal.”
Detroit Metro Times