Dave Jordano
A girl asleep on a couch in an impoverished home.

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Diane Sleeping, Poletown, Detroit, 2013
Collection of the artist

Dave Jordano, who was born in Detroit but left for Chicago in the 1970s, returned in 2010 to investigate the changes in his hometown. Having worked for decades as a commercial photographer, he turned to fine art and documentary photography about fifteen years ago. Jordano summarizes the impulse that drives his work—“that Detroit is still a living, breathing city, struggling perhaps, but full of people surviving.” His project, Detroit: Unbroken Down, is a combination of portraiture and documentary photography, and empathizes with those he has befriended in some of Detroit’s poorest neighborhoods.