Edited by Peter O’Keefe
Publication Date March 15, 2013
Detroit, in its decline, has become an object of terrible, aching beauty. A torrent of photo essays and lavish coffee table books have revealed a bleak vision of Detroit as a lost city where nature has not only reclaimed the works of man, it has erased all memory of him. The visual cliché that has come to define Detroit to much of the world is that of a desolate landscape devoid of people.
This is not one of those books.
A Brief Peculiar History of Detroit is a collection of photo essays and texts created by artists and writers who have journeyed beyond Detroit’s fading edifices of commerce and industry to become the archeologists of a lost city and its people. Their reports from the scattered sites of their excavations reveal compact, shimmering facets of countless lives lived--well and not so well--by the people who have called this city home. The artifacts recovered are the images, the stories, and the memories contained in these pages.