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Romain Blanquart February 3, 2012

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in United States.

John’s Carpet House, Detroit

Romain Blanquart (b. 1973, France) studied advertising photography at the Rochester Institute of Technology and for the last ten years he has been a staff photographer at the Detroit Free Press newspaper. He was named Michigan Photographer of the Year twice and received numerous accolades for his photography and video work from Best of Photojournalism, the Emmy Awards, PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris, International Photography Awards and The Society for News Design.  Romain is represented by Giovanna Simonetta Gallery in Milan. His work has been published in The New York Times Magazine, Time, Newsweek, Fader and Vanity Fair among others. He lives in Detroit and for the past year has been working on the video Living With Murder about the effects of homicides on is home town.

About the Photograph:

“This photograph is part of a collaborative project with photographer Brian Widdis called Can’t Forget The Motor City. Every Sunday from May to October around 3 pm ’till dusk, as many as five hundred people gather in an empty field behind the Detroit incinerator to listen and dance to a live jam of some of Detroit’s best blues artists, their instruments powered by a generator. The place is called John’s Carpet House after John Estes who was a junk man and drummer and sometimes singer. Twenty years ago, he built a wooden shack, decorated it with scraps of carpet, and invited blues musicians to play every Sunday. John died about seven years ago and soon after his house burned down. The party has now moved across the street from John’s old shack.”