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Bruce Harkness

Bruce Harkness holds an MFA from Wayne State University and is the former city photographer of Dearborn, Michigan. His photographs have been published in Detroit Images: Photographs of the Renaissance City, Arab Detroit: From Margin to Mainstream, and Before Fair Lane: Historic Houses from Henry Ford’s Hometown, Dearborn, Michigan (1832–1916), as well as in the Detroit Free Press. He and his photographs recently appeared in the 2021 documentary film Taking Poletown: A Community’s Fight Over Economic Justice and Eminent Domain and in a 2018 WXYZ-TV news segment, “Remembering Poletown: Bruce Harkness Shares the Untold History with Photos.” The Bruce L. Harkness Poletown Collection of prints and digital images is housed in the Walter P. Reuther Library at Waynes State University. Historians, filmmakers, and urban planners often use Harkness’s photographs as valuable reference material.

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Cover of 'Photographs from Detroit, 1975–2019'

Photographs from Detroit, 1975–2019
By Bruce Harkness
· Edited by John J. Bukowczyk

With these intimate social documentary photographs and oral histories, Bruce Harkness and John J. Bukowczyk have sensitively collaborated with and amplified the stories of Detroit’s often overlooked people and lost neighborhoods. The result is an unforgettable portrait of Detroit’s hard-won resiliency.

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