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Melvin Davis by Bruce Weber

Melvin Davis by Bruce Weber

If corporate bankruptcy specialist and Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr gets his way, the Detroit Institute of Arts will no longer be owned by the city soon. The museum itself will still be filled with works inspired by the city that built it, and beginning on June 20 a new exhibition, “Detroit — Bruce Weber” will continue that tradition.

Weber is a fashion photographer who rose to fame with a risque Calvin Klein campaign. “Bruce Weber is one of the preeminent American photographers of our time,” said Anna Wintour, editor of Vogue. “From the moment his work appeared in Vogue in 1978, his talent and breadth of vision were undeniable. Since then, he has helped shape our ideas about men’s and women’s fashion and celebrity.”

Weber’s new exhibit brings together the people, places and sights of Detroit in portraits of activist Grace Lee Boggs, R&B legend Aretha Franklin, the Detroit chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen, and through the “beautiful faces of everyday Detroiters and familiar sites around the city,” according to a press statement.

“…(Weber’s) passion for distinctly American phenomena, from jazz to farmlands and factories, has led him to chronicle the country’s landscape for more than three decades,” Wintour says. “What better photographer than Bruce to be a champion of this great American city.”

Bruce Weber photo for Shinola  COURTESY PHOTOS

Bruce Weber photo for Shinola COURTESY PHOTOS

DIA Curator of Photography Nancy Barr noted “Weber’s exhibition is part of a tradition of great photography inspired by the city of Detroit and the DIA is excited to showcase this work in light of our previous photography exhibitions on the same subject.”

“Detroit is one of the few places in the world now where there is a big welcome sign in the smiles and hearts of its people,” said Weber.  “(Your) continued courage and resilience is why I first ended up (here) with my camera.”

For more information on “Detroit — Bruce Weber,” visit

— Staff report

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