Detroit Institute of Arts
5200 Woodward Avenue Detroit, MI 48202
In June of 2006, Bruce Weber traveled to Detroit for the first time while on assignment for W, a monthly fashion magazine. The idea was to photograph a well-known model—in this case Kate Moss—as a starting point for a much broader exploration of an unfamiliar place, its culture, and, most importantly, its people. While many photographers at that time were recording the vulnerability of Detroit, Weber was completely taken with the vitality of the city and its citizens. He returned to the Motor City again in 2013 to partner with the Detroit-based company Shinola. This time, Weber sought out familiar faces as well as new individuals who could speak to the city’s dynamic evolution. This exhibition is a result of those two assignments, presented together with portraits of prominent friends and colleagues who have strong ties to the city.