“Lost and Found”
includes photographs from the 1860s to the 1970s by
unknown and amateur photographers that provide a glimpse into
the city of Detroit, themes associated with the automobile and
portraits that immortalize family members and everyday people
from all walks of life. Included are images from carnival photo
booths, family albums, snapshots and commercial portrait
“Lost and Found” continues the DIA’s research and exhibitions
that broaden understanding of photography as a cultural practice
as well as uncovering those unknown or little-known
photographers who found Detroit and the car as inspiration for
their work. Director and CEO Salvador Salort-Pons noted, “This
exhibition brings to life how photography reveals the relevance
of our shared experiences through photographs of loved ones,
friends, and family as well as the relationship of the camera to
the car, the family road trip and the city of Detroit.”
“Lost and Found” includes a special section that looks at the
city’s photographic practice of the past through recently
re-discovered color images attributed to Allen Stross,
who captured local haunts, people and bygone landmarks from
Detroit in the 1960s and 70s. Black-and white snapshots of
Detroit by James Pearson Duffy from 1974 to 1976 reveal
the grittier side of the city, with storefronts, junk yards, mom
and pop shops, handmade signs and local businesses. Duffy likely
made these photographs while driving around town, probably
taking them from his car.
Found photography inadvertently defines histories, preserves
memories and reveals the presence of people, places and
historical eras. For DIA visitors, these photographs are a
connection to the past that may reference or be relevant to
their own or shared life experiences. The DIA helps make these
connections through the photographs as well as a custom audio
mix of “found” music provided by Third Man Records.
The exhibition will also include social media engagement. The
DIA will ask the public to submit photographs from their
personal archives through an #LostAndFoundatDIA Instagram
campaign. Stay tuned for more information.
This exhibition was organized by the Detroit Institute of Arts.
The DIA would like to acknowledge the role of collectors whose
insight and generosity led to the realization of this
exhibition. Their continued interest in the changing nature and
reception of the photographic image as well as the growth of the
collection on subjects associated with Detroit provided
inspiration for “Lost and Found.” The DIA especially thanks The
Peter J. Cohen Collection, the estate of James Pearson
Duffy, Brad and Ellen Iverson, the estate of Bill and
Doris Rauhauser and Third Man Records.
around 1970, attributed to Arthur Stross, color
transparency film. Detroit Institute of Arts.