Black & White Photography Book Explores Hamtramck's Vibrant Ethnic Community
January 11th, 2018, 4:14 PM
Suraj Bhamra, a Metro Detroit photographer born in Windsor, has produced a black and white photo book, "Loess," which explores the intersection of immigrant identity and traditional American symbols of pride in Hamtramck.
"The bulk of the book, shot in Hamtramck, intends to challenge divisive stereotypes about immigrants, minorities, the working class, and other marginalized communities by forming a visual narrative emphasizing the ideas of inclusiveness and unity," Bhamra, 28, an Oakland University electrical engineering student working on his doctoratey, tells Deadline Detroit.
The $15 book, which has 51 images, is named after a porous and chalky rock formed from sand and rock -- a metaphor for Hamtramck's community. All the photos are from thgat city, except for three were shot in Detroit.
An opening reception for sale of the book and framed prints is Saturday at Oloman Café, 10215 Joseph Campau in Hamtramck from 7-10 p.m.
Bhamra, who posts black and white work on Instagram, took up photography as a high school sophomore and shortly after began experimenting with 35mm film. He later explored other formats.