New photo series takes a look at Detroit's Delray neighborhood

Delray, the neighborhood on Detroit's southwest side that is slated to become a site for a new bridge to Canada, is the subject of a new story for NPR and WDET by photographer Karpov and journalist Laura Herberg. Titled Delray: Beyond Isolation, the story uses photography and audio to document life in the community amid the proposed bridge development, job and population loss, and pollution.

Karpov says he has been interviewing people in Delray for the past two months. "The images and audio represent the simple daily life of normal people — salesmen and day laborers, families and children living in the small ghost town that is Delray," he tells us via email. "What is life like now? After the factories, the jobs, schools, and residents vanished."

The photos will be on display to the public at two exhibitions. The first is from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Nov. 14 at the People's Community Services Delray Neighborhood House, 420 Leigh, Detroit. The second opening is from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Nov. 21 at Galerie Camile, 4130 Cass Ave, Detroit. The show runs until Nov. 29.

More information is available on the exhibition's Facebook page.

Lee DeVito

Leyland “Lee” DeVito is the editor in chief of Detroit Metro Times since 2016. His writing has also been published in CREEM, VICE, In These Times, and New City. He once asked porn star Stormy Daniels to spank him with an issue of Metro Times. She obliged.

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