Don Hudson and the Detroit archives

Don Hudson has photographed the streets of Detroit and Michigan state since the early 1970s, documenting daily life in the American Midwest. His first book, from Paris-based Éditions FP&CF, collects together highlights from his personal archives

Don Hudson has photographed the streets of Detroit and Michigan state since the early 1970s, documenting daily life in the American Midwest. His first book, from Paris-based Éditions FP&CF, collects together highlights from his personal archives…

From the Archives is the 61 year-old’s first monograph and covers his work from 1970 to 1980.

Hudson, an amateur photographer, has been based in South Lyon, Michigan since 1978 and has witnessed first-hand the gradual decline of the automobile industry in Detroit and the surrounding region.

In an interview with the Street Photography Now Community group on Flickr (worth reading in its entirety here), Hudson has said that his early work was influenced by the photography programs of the US Farm Security Administration of the mid-1930s and early 40s, particularly the work of photographers Walker Evans and Russell Lee.

Today, Hudson regularly uploads new and archive work to his page on Flickr.

Éditions Frédéric Pierre & Camille Françoise specialise in photography and limited editions, and also run a riso studio near Paris. The Studio FP&CF is the company’s “graphic laboratory” which focuses on artists’ books and photography.

From the Archives includes an afterword by Bryan Formhals and is printed on Freelife Vellum white (140g) and Materika Kraft (180g) from Fedrigoni. The book is available in two different covers and is offset in grey and black. It is limited to 700 copies (€28), available from Éditions FP&CF.


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