Mike Steinhauer


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. 



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.


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


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. 



Statue of Pope John Paul II in Hamtramck



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


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


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.


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


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



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