Twenty photographs chosen for postcards of Detroit at the U.S. Biennale Pavilion in Venice

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Postcard Photo by Sara Jane Boyers for the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale U.S. Pavilion. (Courtesy University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture)

As part of the U.S. Pavilion for the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale, 20 photographs by 18 individuals have been chosen as winners of the “My Detroit” Postcard Photo Contest.

Corine Vermeulen

Photo of a Detroit family by Corine Vermeulen. (Courtesy University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture)

“The twenty photographs to be printed as postcards will help us tell the exhibition visitor short stories about life in Detroit,” explained co-curator Cynthia Davidson in a press release.

The pavilion, entitled The Architectural Imagination, will present 12 speculative architectural projects for four sites around Detroit. The postcards, made from the contest winning photographs, will be available at the pavilion as well as be part of the exhibition catalog.

Geoff George (Courtesy University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture)

Geoff George (Courtesy University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture)

Picked from 463 entries, the images were chosen by photographer and sociologist Camilo José Vergara, who has photographed Detroit since 1985, and Davidson. The images range from views of iconic Detroit architecture, including the Michigan Central Station, to family portraits of local Detroiters. Ten of the contest winners are Detroit residents.

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Postcard Photo by Cigdem Talu of public art in Detroit. (Courtesy University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture)

“Detroit has a rich culture and history to draw from as we work toward creating a vibrant future,” said Robert Fishman, University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning interim dean and professor. “The photos recognized in the postcard contest are a reflection of Detroit over time that we are excited to share with the world.”

Geoff George (Courtesy University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture)

Geoff George (Courtesy University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture)

The Architectural Imagination is being organized through the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture, by co-curators Cynthia Davidson and Monica Ponce de León. The U.S. Pavilion will be open at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale from May 28 – November 27, 2016.

The Postcard Photo contest winners are:
Sara Jane Boyers, Santa Monica, CA
Derek Chang, New York, NY
Jon DeBoer, Royal Oak, MI
Antoinette Del Villano, Brooklyn, NY
Jennifer Garza-Cuen, Reno, NV
Geoff George, Detroit, MI
Erik Herrmann, Ann Arbor, MI
Julie Huff, Detroit, MI
William McGraw, Dearborn, MI
Ayana T. Miller, Detroit, MI
Ben Nowak, Oak Park, MI
Kevin Robishaw, Detroit, MI
Salvador Rodriguez, Saint Clair Shores, MI
Harrell Scarcello, Southfield, MI
Sue Shoemaker, Brown City, MI
John Sobczak, Bloomfield, MI
Cigdem Talu, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Corine Vermeulen, Hamtramck, MI

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