Bill Rauhauser named 2014 Kresge Eminent Artist

January 9, 2014
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Bill Rauhauser

Bill Rauhauser 

News comes to us today that the Kresge Arts in Detroit Advisory Council has named the iconic Detroit photographer and educator Bill Rauhauser as this year’s Kresge Eminent Artist. The 95-year-old receives the honor and a $50,000 prize that comes with it.

MT readers may recall that Rauhauser was the subject of a 2010 Metro Times cover story that discussed his work and career. Among various topics, Rauhauser talked how photography has changed in this day and age where everybody with a cell phone can record images: “Back then, before everyone had cameras and camera phones, you could be invisible, you had that power. You could be within a few feet of someone and snap a photo. Imagine that. People are highly sensitive today to the presence of a camera. It’s harder to capture a genuine moment, to disappear.”

Rauhauser shot taken outside Detroit's Stone Burlesk.

Rauhauser shot taken outside Detroit’s Stone Burlesk.

 

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Another Detroit shot by Rauhauser.

In the 1940s Rasuhauser began a series of portraits featuring houses in Detroit. Since then, he has amassed a collection of 400 images, photographs whose negatives are archived in the Burton Historical Collection of the Detroit Public Library. In 1964, Rauhauser opened what was perhaps the first gallery devoted to photography in the Midwest.

Past winners are visual artist Charles McGee, master jazz trumpet player Marcus Belgrave, poet and playwright Bill Harris, poet and publisher Naomi Long-Madgett and composer and Michigan Opera Theatre artistic director David DiChiera.