Wonderful Detroit by Bill Rauhauser

We all know that Detroit is decades away from its gleaming glorious past. As the great city continues its sad fall from grace, we love to look back at photographs like these shot by local Detroit photographer Bill Rauhauser, now 95 years old, who started shooting with the plastic 35mm camera he bought for 39 cents when in high school.

Rauhauser says, "“Photography was something that was in my blood. I was able to use the extra time and inspiration to walk the streets of Detroit at the time and build up a large body of work while it was still a really beautiful city".

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Richard Barnes, as Alexander Gardner

Photographer Richard Barnes brings our lab all manner of intriguing photography to print. His newest project is an exploration of antique processes and their historical and contemporary context.

Barnes has been photographing Civil War re-enactors using wet plate photography. What happens when you merge this antique process with civil war re-enactors? A number of his images include modern dress, and signifiers like pickup trucks and camera equipment. Barnes calls these interactions, “the slippage of time.”

In his own words, from his recent article on PetaPixel, Barnes explains,

“My particular interest in photographing reenactments is not to cover them as a contemporary photojournalist might, with a digital camera and a motor drive, but rather to put myself in the shoes of Alexander Gardner and attempt to make images that have the look and feel of what it would have been like to actually be in the field at the time of battle. To achieve this, I am using a large format camera and the same wet plate process employed by Matthew Brady and his associates.

Ultimately I seek to go beyond the nostalgia of recreating the look of images from another era, but rather my aim is to explore a creative tension that addresses the artifice of the reenactment in juxtaposition to the evidence of contemporary life, occurring within and at the periphery of the photographic frame.”

Take a look at the article on PetaPixel.

Vanessa Marsh

Oakland-based photographer Vanessa Marsh‘s intricately placed people have me caught up this afternoon. Take a look at her fantastical, foreboding, tiny worlds.

Images from “Always Close But Never Touching.”

Check out her interview on photographer Klea McKenna and writer Nikki Grattan’s blog In The Make.

Vanessa’s work is on display until the end of the month:

Dreams of the Darkest Night; Works by Vanessa Marsh and Sean McFarland
The Nelson Gallery, UC Davis, Davis, CA
Opening March 29th from 5:30- 7:30
Show runs March 29th- May 27th 2012