Faces of Detroit: A Street Photography Study in Eastern Market

By Muriel Steinke

“Come experience one of the oldest and largest year-round public markets in the United States. Eastern Market Corporation is the nonprofit that manages the market and our goal is to build on its rich history to make a healthier, wealthier and happier Detroit.”

-Easternmarket.org

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outside of bert’s marketplace. this vendor kindly posed for the photo while excitedly sharing their new “best restaurant in detroit” title, awarded by the free press.

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I tend to pay careful attention to law enforcement officers. there’s a lot of subtext in the facial expressions of the people around them; It usually falls somewhere between lukewarm nervousness and complete disdain.

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a satisfied customer through a sunny window.

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A younger generation of market-dwellers, clearly not visiting of their own accord.

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A fresh-faced NASA employee.

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a subject thrilled for his moment in the spotlight.