Detroit PDML Does Avedon

frank theriault knarftheriault at
Mon Oct 19 22:02:02 EDT 2009

On Mon, Oct 19, 2009 at 12:06 PM, P N Stenquist <pnstenquist at> wrote:
> Bill Sawyer, Mark Cassino and I spent a few hours viewing the Avedon show at
> the Detroit Institute of the Arts. We also reviewed the museum's excellent
> photography collection, a retrospective that spans 100 years and includes a
> number of iconic images. The Avedon work invites scrutiny, in that the
> lighting is sometimes very complex and the degree of contrast varies
> greatly. A very interesting and informative show.
> After touring the two exhibits, we dropped in at a nearby brewpub, "Traffic
> Jam and Snug," for a bite. I shot bill and Mark at the table with the K7 and
> DA* 16-50. Bill is f 3.5, 1/13th, Mark is f2.8, 1/13th. Both at ISO 3200:
> I drove Woodward up through the city on the way home. While a couple of
> blocks surrounding the museum are nice, most of the way the neighborhoods to
> either side of Woodward are battle scarred, dangerous  and decrepit.
> However, about a  mile north of the museum, the New Center neighborhood
> (which was new many, many years ago) boasts a few very nice streets and some
> lovely homes. Some of the houses are in disrepair and a few are boarded up,
> but compared to the rest of the area, it's an oasis. I snapped a couple of
> pics:
> But Detroit is a study in contrast. Just across Woodward I saw this:
> Detroit was on the verge of making a comeback ten years ago or so. The
> current downturn isn't helping. I expect it will come roaring back some day,
> but it will probably be long after I'm gone from both this area and this
> life.

I think I've seen Bill before, but upon seeing Mark's photo, I
realized I don't recall seeing a pic of him before.

Both good pics;  thanks for sharing.

Quite a study in contrasts in your photos of Detroit's residences (and


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