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January 30, 2022

Around Michigan in the Late 1970s

From Detroit to Whitmore Lake, these pictures were taken by Don Hudson, an experienced amateur photographer based in South Lyon, Michigan, in the late seventies.

Pinckney, 1979

In 1972, after three years in university, Hudson decided to get serious about his love of photography and enrolled in the Detroit Society of Arts and Crafts, now called College for Creative Studies. “It was there that I began to study the history of photography and look seriously at the major practitioners of the game.” Said Hudson. “The FSA photographers, and in particular Walker Evans and Russell Lee, made a big impression. Their straight-on, literal-looking, richly informed images, began to resonate with me as to how a camera can record the visual world. 

“At the same time, Winogrand’s and Friedlander’s more personal response to the documentary look of the straight camera image, and their almost architectural construction of the photograph,” he continued, “began telling me that one should be careful about how that camera can transform what we are looking at, and what we can derive as to meaning.”

Take a look back at life around Michigan in the late 1970s through these fascinating black and white pictures. For more photographs, visit Hudson's brilliant Flickr site.

Ann Arbor, 1977

Detroit, 1977

Detroit, 1977

Detroit, 1977

Chelsea, 1978

Chelsea, 1978

Detroit, 1978

Detroit, 1978

Farmington, 1978

Farmington, 1978

Milan, 1978

Near Dexter, 1978

Pinckney, 1978

Pinckney, 1978

Saline, 1978

Ann Arbor, 1979

Belleville, 1979

Belleville, 1979

Detroit, 1979

Pinckney, 1979

Saline, 1979

Saline, 1979

South Lyon, 1979

South Lyon, 1979

Whitmore Lake, 1979

Whitmore Lake, 1979

Whitmore Lake, 1979

Whitmore Lake, 1979

Whitmore Lake, 1979




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