Iconic Detroit photographer and educator Bill Rauhauser has been named the 2014 Kresge Eminent Artist.
Rauhauser has devoted more than 60 years to "being there" - being present and engaged on the city's streets, inside the studio and inside the classroom. He joins five other artists who have since 2008 received the award and $50,000 prize in recognition of professional achievements, contributions to the cultural community and dedication to Detroit and its residents.
Rauhauser is a uniquely literary photographer. As he tells it, the camera shoots what it sees, neither true nor false. He has devoted decades to capturing what he describes as "a society in constant motion, with people on the streets keeping busy - like 'Waiting for Godot' - to forget that life is ending."
At 95, the artist is energetic and colorful. Receiving the Kresge Eminent Artist award, he says, is an "honor that really turns me on."
Rauhauser's photographs have appeared in numerous exhibitions, most notably the influential Family of Man exhibition in 1955 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, at the Archives of American Art at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington and at the Detroit Institute of Arts.
His photographs are currently on display in an exhibition titled "Bill Rauhauser Street Beat: Detroit Photographs c. 1950-1970," at the Carl Hammer Gallery in Chicago. An exhibition at the historic Scarab Club in Detroit is forthcoming.