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Detroit: The Dream Is Now by Michel Arnaud

Detroit: The Dream Is Now is a visual essay on the rebuilding and resurgence of the city of Detroit by photographer Michel Arnaud, co-author of Design Brooklyn. In recent years, much of the focus on Detroit has been on the negative stories and images of shuttered, empty buildings—the emblems of Detroit’s financial and physical decline. In contrast, Arnaud aims his lens at the emergent creative enterprises and new developments taking hold in the still-vibrant city. The book explores Detroit’s rich industrial and artistic past while giving voice to the dynamic communities that will make up its future. The first section provides a visual tour of the city’s architecture and neighborhoods, while the remaining chapters focus on the developing design, art, and food scenes through interviews and portraits of the city’s entrepreneurs, artists, and makers. Detroit is the story of an American city in flux, documented in Arnaud’s thought-provoking photographs.

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From the Beach, Biarritz, Pyrenees, France
ca. 1890–1900
Photochrom print published by Detroit Publishing Co.
Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C.


This Detroit-based #Explorist Elise Mesner is well-known for the colorful, whimsical world she creates in her photography. We trace her sunshine roadtrip from Detroit to L.A. and back again.

View of Henry Leland, Wilfred Leland, Robert Faulconer and stenographer in front office at the Leland and Faulconer Manufacturing Company. Office is furnished with chairs, table, desk and bookcase. Printed on front: “Detroit Photographic Co.” Label on back: “5. Henry Leland, Robert Faulconer, Wilfred Leland and stenographer about 1900.” Handwritten on back: “Photographs–Leland and Faulconer–Front office.”

  • Courtesy of the National Automotive History Collection, Detroit Public Library

Portrait of a young woman with her hair pulled back, wearing suit coat, vest and turned down collar with small bow tie. Printed on photo back: “Revenaugh & Co. successor to Geo. C. Gillett, photographic & art studio, Kelley’s Block, East Huron St., Ann Arbor, Mich., negatives preserved, old pictures enlarged to any size desired, and finished in ink, oil or watercolors in a superior manner.”

  • Courtesy of the Burton Historical Collection, Detroit Public Library