Dearborn, Michigan (WXYZ) —The opportunity to see Detroit’s history in a unique way. The work of a famous Detroit photographic historian is on display at the Dearborn Coffee Shop Gallery. This is an image of the Detroit community decades ago.
Mr. Whitlow was born in 1891. In Tuskegee, Alabama, he moved around to reach Detroit.
“I was driving St. Aubin one day and he approached his yard in a row of his hoe, where he planted corn seeds,” said historian of photography Bruce Harkness. rice field.
“I stopped the car and asked him if I could take a picture. He said that was fine. That was the beginning,” Harkness said.
What began as a passionate project between Bruce Harkness and former Wayne State University professor John Bukouchik turned into a true connection, capturing the people and places of Detroit, a component of the city’s history.
“Most of these people met just by walking around,” Harkness said. “Photographers sometimes have their bad way through children, but it’s just open to people with interest.”
WXYZ’s Glenda Lewis, who speaks to Harkness at the Black Box Coffee Art Exhibition, said: The history of the wall there. They are just lives, but there is a story there. everytime. “
“I took my camera to Chene St. and a man approached me and said,” What are you doing? What are you taking pictures for? “I explained to him about this project. , And he was excited, and he said I wanted you to follow me, “Harkness said.
“Okay, let’s go. We went down one street and up another. He took me to the front door of UNIA (Universal Negro Improvement Association) and the door. I put the key in, and it went after I gave it up. UNIA was founded by Marcus Garvey, “Harkness said.
Each of these images has its own story and personal connection to the blues, alongside the walls of the Dearborn Coffee Shop Gallery Black Box as part of an exhibition that began in Black History Month, but is popular. It continues until most of March due to some demand.
Much of what Bruce was able to ride in the movie is far gone.
“I worked downtown Hudson. I see a guy in a dark room, a back door elevator up to the 19th floor. I loved it. It’s very nice and fascinating,” said Harkness.
“Fortunately, we can see some of his memories,” he added.
“What is your message about taking over the past?” Lewis asked.
“I think the important part of a photo is to preserve what’s present at a particular time. That’s certainly part of what I’m doing,” Harkness said.
“My personal experience is to meet strangers. For whatever reason, people I don’t meet in my daily life through photography are very rewarding. There are many surprises,” said Harkness. ..
The Blues Harkness exhibition in Dearborn’s black box will run until March 20th.
Bruce Harkness publishes all these images and a book called “Detroit Photos 1975-2019” to be released in July.