Beauty on the Streets of Detroit (signed by author and photographer)
Beauty on the Streets of Detroit showcases the small homes of this great city. Forgotten homes from neighborhoods that have been eliminated for modernization, city growth, and in more recent years from urban neglect, are remembered in black and white glossy full page photographs by the celebrated photographer Bill Rauhauser who is known for his street photography in Detroit. The history of homes built in this 300 year old city and its real estate market was written by Mary Desjarlais. This history covers the city s small houses, their owners and neighborhoods, architectural styles, construction methods, and the development of the real estate practice in the city. This book is a must for anyone interested in the city of Detroit or architectural history.
The exact number printed is suspected to be around 250 copies, very scarce!
Mary Desjarlais and Bill Rauhauser collaborated on this project, with Desjarlais writing the text and Rauhauser providing his photographs. Bill Rauhauser was born in Detroit in 1918, received a bachelor of architectural engineering from the University of Detroit in 1943. In 2000 he was named Professor Emeritus at the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit where he was a member of the faculty of the photography department for thirty years. He was a visiting lecturer on the history of photography at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and Wayne State University in Detroit. His photography is in the permanent collection of the Detroit Institute of Arts and numerous private and public collections. He is listed in the Archives of American Art at the Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC and his photography was exhibited in the Family of Man exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in 1955.
Rauhauser published a collection of his street photographs of the city of Detroit in 2000 in Detroit Revisited along with photographs by John Baldwin Thomas, Gene Meadows and text by Mary Desjarlais. His second book, Bob-Lo Revisited with text by Martin Magid, was published in 2003. In 2007 his photographs were published in Detroit, Auto Show Images of the 70s and Contemplation plus Consideration with poetry by Elizabeth Laurent. Mary Desjarlais was born and raised in Detroit during the turbulent 1960s. She received her undergraduate degree in Art History from the University of Michigan in Dearborn. She pursued a master’s degree in art history at the University of Ann Arbor. At this point she conducted the research and cataloguing of fine art for a fine art gallery. Later she obtained a master s degree in history from Wayne State University, specializing in post-Civil War American history. She has done in-depth research on the history of Detroit neighborhood organizations. Her first published book was Detroit Revisited in which she wrote an overview history of Detroit, complementing the fine art photography of Bill Rauhauser, Gene Meadows and John Baldwin Thomas.
Paperback edition in wrap, as new, 2008, limited edition, scarce! Signed by the author and photographer