Detroit vs. Nature

Andrew Moore

As the American economy continues to recover, one city remains in the midst of an identity crisis. Fast Company reports that a quarter of Detroit—nearly 40,000 acres—is sitting abandoned. That’s why Detroit’s mayor, Dave Bing, recently announced plans to demolish as many as 3,000 structures deemed unsafe. And it seems that the city might actually invest in massive urban renewal plans, including constructing new urban farming projects on sites where these decaying structures once stood. We’ve heard stories of artists and musicians settling down in Detroit, drawn by abundant empty space and cheap property values.

It’s no wonder photographers are snapping images of Detroit, drawn to the romance of a modern ghost town left to natural forces. Each photographer, however, comes with his own perspective. Andrew Moore‘s work often focuses on architecture, with eye for abandoned and dilapidated structures around the world, while James D. Griffioen, a Michigan native, views Detroit from a local’s perspective. Another collaboration between architect and DJ Matthew Radune and photographer Gregory Holm resulted in an entire house covered in ice. These portraits of a city capture the history, and potential of a place that is struggling to find a new way forward.

James D. Griffioen

Andrew Moore

Andrew Moore

James D. Griffioen

Gregory Holm

Jocelyn Lee

Often, the images captured by Brooklyn-based fine art photographer Jocyelyn Lee are as much about the person behind the lens as they are about the subjects of the photograph. Whether the picture is sharp or a blurred image coming into near focus on a piece of dust, Lee celebrates the world from her perspective. Each photograph captures intimate details and lush textures, and the story told is one of a fragile, soft and vulnerable world, ever-changing because the photographer herself is subject to the emotion and happenings of daily life.

Jocelyn Lee is currently adding to several ongoing series, Portraits and The Physical World. She is represented by Pace MacGill Gallery and teaches at Princeton University.

New! *Cabaret Submissions via Flickr

Flickr *Cabaret Submissions poolWe’re starting a new project to find emerging photographers, so we’ve turned to the best online photo source, Flickr. We love all the creative work that flows through the site, but it’s become such a vast web of images that it can be difficult to unearth the best stuff. Also, we want people who are interested in our blog to have the means to connect to us. Therefore, we’ve introduced our own Flickr group, the *Cabaret Submissions pool. Every Monday, Benjamin and I will choose our favorite photos from the Flickr group and post the images on the blog in a feature called *Cabaret Monday. Anyone can submit photos to our group, so feel free to submit your own. We’ve already had some awesome contributions, but you still have a week to be considered for the very first *Cabaret Monday. We’re looking forward to all the great new images!

Pierre Leguillon Features Diane Arbus @ Moderna Museet

Moderna Museet in Marmö, Sweden presents French artist Pierre Leguillon with his exhibit Diane Arbus, A Printed Retrospective (1960-1971) from March 27 to August 1, 2010.

Josef Hoflehner

Australian photographer Josef Hoflehner‘s contrasted black and white world reads like a romantic jaunt around the world, from the mosques of the United Arabic Emirates to the streets of New York City to a beach in Borneo. And that gohstly imprint of Shanghai is gorgeous.

A book of Hoflehner’s airplane photographs can be purchased here.

Sanggil Kim

We all know that cyber culture has changed the way we live. For one, we are no longer destined to remain friends and family with those we find at our doorstep. More than ever, we have the ability to choose our friends, our family, based on shared interests—whether or not they live down the street. That’s one element explored in a new set of photos from a South Korean photographer Sanggil Kim. These images create a literal representation of groups of online communities drawn together by a common interest. The uniform is your choice: Fashionista, Sound of Music aficionado, or Harry Potter lover. Kim will just be there to snap your picture.