Mike Steinhauer

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I took this photograph around 3 o’clock in the morning right before crossing the Ponte Vecchio. There were no tourists in site and the shops, lining both sides of the bridge, were closed. A lone guard patrolled the area. On the left, just under the 'Peruzzi' sign, a biker zoomed by. And of course, high above the city (in the centre of the image) shines the proud cupola of the Florence Cathedral, the Duomo. I could return to Florence in an instant. 


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The photo was exhibited in 2008 as part of ‘A+’ – SPAO’s first exhibit showcasing the work of part time students, past and present. 


"Quite possibly the most important street photographer of the 20th century was a 1950s children’s nanny who kept herself to herself and never showed a single one of her photographs to anyone. Decades later in 2007, a Chicago real estate agent and historical hobbyist, John Maloof purchased a box of never-seen, never-developed film negatives of an unknown ‘amateur’ photographer for $380 at his local auction house." Read the full story of Vivien Maier here.


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Canadian artist Jon Rafman rerecords and frames images captured by Google Street View. Click on the photo below to view the entire set.


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This past week, during my first visit to Detroit, I photographed (like so many photographers before me) the ruins, abandoned buildings and vacant lots that dot the city. By day two and three I started to find the places in between, the spaces that are perhaps less documented and many of the elements that attest to the city’s resilience--a city whose rug was pulled from under (again and again).

 

The images here are a selection of photographs taken in Detroit during five cold April days. 

 

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Statue of Pope John Paul II in Hamtramck

 


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Clean lines at Lafayette Park. Mies van der Rohe's townhouses and a Fiat 500

 


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Vacant Michigan Central Station seen from parking garage of MGM Grand casino

 


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Knitted superhero costume by Mark Newport at Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit

More images here.


Over the past year, I documented Vanier's 28 dead ends. Click on the image below to see how these ordinary spaces change over the course of ten months.


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Director of Planning of New York's Seagram Building at the age of 26. More on Phyllis Lambert's new book: http://bit.ly/SeagramBld


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The most famous rooftop of any 20th-century building is transformed into an art space: http://bit.ly/topoftheroof


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