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Russ Marshall: Detroit Photographs, 1958-2008

November 15, 2020 – May 27, 2021

Updated Nov 14, 2020

The Detroit Institute of Arts presents a survey of over 90 photographs by Russ Marshall whose black-and-white imagery was inspired by the Motor City’s streets, architecture, music and factory workers for over 50 years. Marshall was born in 1940 in the thriving coal-mining town of South Fork, Pennsylvania to a family of coal miners, farmers and industrial factory workers. His family relocated to Detroit in 1943. By the late 1950s and throughout the 1960s, Marshall had begun to photograph the city’s streets, its passersby, Thanksgiving Day parades, its Michigan Central Station (MCS) and even a rare “Love-In” staged on Belle Isle in the late 1960s.

"First Annual Detroit Blues Festival, Detroit," 1977, Russ Marshall, American; dye-based ink jet print.

The Detroit Institute of Arts presents a survey of over 90 photographs by Russ Marshall whose black-and-white imagery was inspired by the Motor City’s streets, architecture, music and factory workers for over 50 years. Marshall was born in 1940 in the thriving coal-mining town of South Fork, Pennsylvania to a family of coal miners, farmers and industrial factory workers. His family relocated to Detroit in 1943. By the late 1950s and throughout the 1960s, Marshall had begun to photograph the city’s streets, its passersby, Thanksgiving Day parades, its Michigan Central Station (MCS) and even a rare “Love-In” staged on Belle Isle in the late 1960s.

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"Press Operators, GM Fisher Body Trim Plant, Fort Street, Detroit Michigan," 1982, Russ Marshall, American; gelatin silver print.

"Press Operators, GM Fisher Body Trim Plant, Fort Street, Detroit Michigan," 1982, Russ Marshall, American; gelatin silver print.

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Construction Watchers, Detroit, Michigan

"Construction Watchers, Detroit, Michigan," 1960, Russ Marshall, American; gelatin silver print.

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"Elizabeth Street and Park Avenue, Detroit, Michigan," 1965, Russ Marshall, American; gelatin silver print.

"Elizabeth Street and Park Avenue, Detroit, Michigan," 1965, Russ Marshall, American; gelatin silver print.

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"Ford Rouge Plant and Woodmere Cemetery," 1992, Russ Marshall, American; gelatin silver print.

"Ford Rouge Plant and Woodmere Cemetery," 1992, Russ Marshall, American; gelatin silver print.

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"Ms. USA, Ford Motor Co., Batavia, Ohio," 1985, Russ Marshall, American; gelatin silver print.

"Ms. USA, Ford Motor Co., Batavia, Ohio," 1985, Russ Marshall, American; gelatin silver print.

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"Detroit Coke Corp., Zug Island, Detroit, Michigan," 1986, Russ Marshall, American; gelatin silver print.

"Detroit Coke Corp., Zug Island, Detroit, Michigan," 1986, Russ Marshall, American; gelatin silver print.

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"Delray Man, Detroit," 1986, Russ Marshall, American; gelatin silver print.

"Delray Man, Detroit," 1986, Russ Marshall, American; gelatin silver print.

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"Michigan Central Train Depot, Bench," 1987, Russ Marshall, American; gelatin silver print.

"Michigan Central Train Depot, Bench," 1987, Russ Marshall, American; gelatin silver print.

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"City Figures," 2000, Russ Marshall, American; gelatin silver print.

"City Figures," 2000, Russ Marshall, American; gelatin silver print.

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"Love Balloon, Love In at Belle Isle, Detroit," 1967, Russ Marshall, American; dye-based ink jet print.

"Love Balloon, Love In at Belle Isle, Detroit," 1967, Russ Marshall, American; dye-based ink jet print.

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"First Annual Detroit Blues Festival, Detroit," 1977, Russ Marshall, American; dye-based ink jet print.

"First Annual Detroit Blues Festival, Detroit," 1977, Russ Marshall, American; dye-based ink jet print.

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"Break Room, Fisher Body Trim Plant, Fort St., Detroit," 1982, Russ Marshall, American; dye-based ink jet print.

"Break Room, Fisher Body Trim Plant, Fort St., Detroit," 1982, Russ Marshall, American; dye-based ink jet print.

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"2 City Men," 2003, Russ Marshall, American; gelatin silver print.

"2 City Men," 2003, Russ Marshall, American; gelatin silver print.

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"The Palms Parade Crowd," 1964, Russ Marshall, American; gelatin silver print.

"The Palms Parade Crowd," 1964, Russ Marshall, American; gelatin silver print.

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