January 09, 2014

16 Amazing Vintage Detroit Photos by Bill Rauhauser

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Man holding face at fair - "You have to know what you're shooting so you have to know what's happening around you and be able to put together what's happening with the context of the environment."
Man holding face at fair - "You have to know what you're shooting so you have to know what's happening around you and be able to put together what's happening with the context of the environment."
Eight people intently watching a protest rally in Detroit - "I like taking photos of people when I know for sure they're looking at something else."
Eight people intently watching a protest rally in Detroit - "I like taking photos of people when I know for sure they're looking at something else."
Bill's wife Doris on a cruise ship.
Bill's wife Doris on a cruise ship.
Self portrait - "This shot was really about the living room. I'd assembled quite a room, with all Herman Miller furniture and modern accessories. I was very proud of it as its owner and the designer of the room, but to take a photo of it, there needed to be a subject. I was never interested in self-portraits. You got to admit, that's a room."
Self portrait - "This shot was really about the living room. I'd assembled quite a room, with all Herman Miller furniture and modern accessories. I was very proud of it as its owner and the designer of the room, but to take a photo of it, there needed to be a subject. I was never interested in self-portraits. You got to admit, that's a room."
Short order cook, head in hand, Detroit, 1963 - "There's a true sense of exhaustion captured in this shot. We know that feeling. But then, maybe it's more, maybe what he's feeling is more grave than that. Despondence? We don't know, we can only wonder. Maybe he's just tired."
Short order cook, head in hand, Detroit, 1963 - "There's a true sense of exhaustion captured in this shot. We know that feeling. But then, maybe it's more, maybe what he's feeling is more grave than that. Despondence? We don't know, we can only wonder. Maybe he's just tired."
Tuba and beer - "What makes this shot for me, what really gets me every time, is the full glass of beer down in the corner. It just looks like a good glass."
Tuba and beer - "What makes this shot for me, what really gets me every time, is the full glass of beer down in the corner. It just looks like a good glass."
"Often, in the afternoon, I’d grab a cup of coffee at the Kresge Court inside the Detroit Institute of Arts. There were always beautiful women there - talking and smoking."
"Often, in the afternoon, I’d grab a cup of coffee at the Kresge Court inside the Detroit Institute of Arts. There were always beautiful women there - talking and smoking."
"Sometimes they looked like movie stars."
"Sometimes they looked like movie stars."
Portrait of photographer and inventor Max Scholz.
Portrait of photographer and inventor Max Scholz.
Streetcar stop, Detroit - "I must have been on an overpassing crosswalk when I took the shot. Probably just looked out and there it was. There were always people waiting at the streetcar stops, which were unprotected, in the middle of the road. It was a scary place to be sometimes."
Streetcar stop, Detroit - "I must have been on an overpassing crosswalk when I took the shot. Probably just looked out and there it was. There were always people waiting at the streetcar stops, which were unprotected, in the middle of the road. It was a scary place to be sometimes."