Sunday, December 12th at 2 PM Bill Rauhauser will present and sign copies of his new book; Bill Rauhauser – 20th Century Photography at The Book Beat ((248) 968-1190, 26010 Greenfield Rd. Oak Park, MI). Joining Bill will be Mary Desjarlais, author of the books introductory essay.
Read the Metro Times cover feature “His Aim is True” on Bill’s work here: http://metrotimes.com/arts/his-aim-is-true-1.1074209?sms_ss=email&at_xt=4d02edb5d550b89e%2C0
Bill Rauhauser – 20th Century Photography is the most complete survey on the 92-year-old photographer to date and covers decades from the 1930s until the present. Bill Rauhauser has spent a lifetime quietly chronicling the heart and soul of Detroit. From his poetic recording of his family life and the urban landscape to his surprising tabletop conceptual artworks, Rauhauser’s image making has always been stamped with its clarity, gentle beauty and refined composition.
Bill Rauhauser, born in Detroit in 1918, received a bachelor degree in Architectural Engineering in 1943 from the University of Detroit. He spent 18 years in the engineering field before a career change into the field of education. Over the next 30 years, Bill taught photography at The Center for Creative Studies (now College for Creative Studies), with 1 year as guest lecturer at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and 4 years at Wayne State University. He was appointed Professor Emeritus by CCS and is currently serving as Artist Advisor for the Board of Directors of the Dept. of Prints, Drawings and Photographs of the Detroit Institute of Arts. Bill is listed in the Archives of American Art at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. The many exhibitions of his work include “The Family of Man” show at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Bill has been involved in photography for over 60 years and opened the first Midwest gallery in 1964 to show only photographs. He has made Detroit his main subject, walking its streets and alleys with his camera from the 1940s, and many of his photographs are in the collection of the Detroit Institute of Arts as well as in numerous private collections. Book publications of his photographs include: “Beauty on the Streets of Detroit” (2008); “Detroit Auto Show Images of the 1970s” (2007); “Bob-Lo Revisited” (2003); and “Detroit Revisited” (2000). He has also co-curated a number of exhibitions for the Detroit Institute of Arts, including “The Car and the Camera” in 1996.