With more than six decades of photography experience, several photo exhibits, and numerous photo books published under his name, Bill Rauhauser deserves recognition for his iconic street photographs of Detroit. Find out which award was recently bestowed upon his works after the jump!
At a ripe old age of 95, Detroit photographer Bill Rauhauser has achieved what many of today’s aspiring street photographers hope to accomplish. He has devoted over 60 years of his life documenting the daily grind in his city, and has therefore taken some of the best known photographs of life in Detroit through the decades. It’s also not surprising to find out that his black and white street snaps were published in several books in the last decade or so. His works have also been displayed at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC. Carl Hammer Gallery in Chicago currently has his photos on display in an exhibit entitled “Street Beat” since January 3, and will run until February 8.
The veteran photographer has also been recently chosen as the 2014 Kresge Eminent Artist in recognition of his cultural contributions to Detroit. My Modern Met shares that his response upon receiving news of the award was a hilarious “it’s an honor that really turns me on.”
On his life and work as one of Detroit’s esteemed photographers, Rauhauser said, “Over the years, I’ve just walked around Detroit keeping an eye open waiting for something to happen, something significant. And I loved every minute of it.”