DEARBORN – Award-winning former City Photographer Bruce Harkness and Dearborn Community Arts Council present “Photographs from Detroit and Dearborn,” a new exhibition of work on display through June 8 in the Rotunda Gallery of Henry Ford Centennial Library, 16301 Michigan Ave.
The exhibit, documenting various aspects of city life, will feature a special, free presentation in the Library Auditorium at 7 p.m. June 5.
This selection of photographs taken between 1976 and 2003 are drawn from various series’ created by Harkness through his career including: “The Cass Corridor, mid-1970s to mid-1980s;” “The 1981 Poletown Project,” which documented the eradication of a 465-acre Detroit-Hamtramck community to provide General Motors Corp. land on which to build a new assembly plant; “The Urban Interiors Project, 1987-1990,” a photographic and oral history study of home and business interiors on Detroit’s near east side; “Detroit Blues Musicians, 1997,” plus a number of photographs showcasing the old Dearborn City Hall and Mayor Michael A. Guido taken while Harkness was official photographer for the city of Dearborn from 1990 to 2010
As an artist, Harkness is also a wealth of knowledge of every story behind each photograph and enjoys sharing these stories as he interacts with his audience. Now retired, Mr. Harkness was born in Brighton in 1953 and earned a bachelor’s degree in photography from the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit in 1979. In 1982 he earned a master’s in photography from Wayne State University.