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State of the City

Posted by
Ralph Jones (Detroit, United States) on 24 February 2011 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

Mission Statement:
To document the city in an attempt to inspire an appreciation and understanding of the uniqueness of Detroit, her buildings, and her people.

Members of the striking Detroit Symphony Orchestra and their supporters picket during Mayor Dave Bing's State of the City address.

View Heroes: The Men and Women of the Detroit Fire Department here:

Speramus meliora; resurget cineribus.
We hope for better things; it will arise from the ashes.

Mission Statement:
To document the city in an attempt to inspire an appreciation and understanding of the uniqueness of Detroit, her buildings, and her people.

Speramus meliora; resurget cineribus.
We hope for better things; it will arise from the ashes.

STEED from Somewhere, France

Combat goes on..........Nice picture,Ralph...

24 Feb 2011 7:43am

Florence from Paris, France

And its inhabitants. I really do hope that capitalism and its ravages will stop one day, all around the world.

24 Feb 2011 9:15am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

He looks pretty pleased with himself Ralph! You have given him his 15 minutes of fame! Well done! ;-)

24 Feb 2011 1:02pm

@Eric Cousineau: Eric sometimes lenses lie. He does appear to be smiling, but from being there the mood was more about determination, desperation, and frustration, that any pleasure.

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Great documentary shot.

24 Feb 2011 1:31pm

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

What a ridiculous "state"!!! DSO has been such a great classic... I should still have a number of its recordings under Paul Paray! Great documentary Ralph but saddening! With my best wishes!

24 Feb 2011 2:25pm

David from Detroit, United States

You got a great shot the other night. I can't believe what is happening all around us. This is such a great orchestra. We are so "mediated" in our everyday lives-- we hear all of our music through speakers or earbuds. Whenever I hear a live musician play, especially a group as fantastic as the DSO, I am always shocked at the first few notes. My mind reels as I remember what music is supposed to sound like.

24 Feb 2011 2:29pm

@David: I have seen a lot of live performances in my time but in 2001 the DSO stuck a chord that was so beautiful and ethereal it literally moved me to tears. It's a sad state of affairs we are in, I do believe with this latest proposal the DSO is hellbent on breaking the union in a town where the unions were instrumental in building the DSO.

Gary from Cochise County, United States

What a shame. I've been watching this story for months. We are losing to much culture. I'm not sure how it is in Detroit but most public schools here cut their art and music programs.
This is a great high impact photo, Ralph. Keep pounding the pavement for the cause. We're behind you.

24 Feb 2011 4:18pm

Sonia Nansid from Stockholm, Sweden

Excellent documentary shot.

24 Feb 2011 4:42pm

M@ndy from London, United Kingdom

a perfect image and one that we expect for your extensive portfolio

24 Feb 2011 5:27pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

I didn't know the Detroit Film Industry.
A moving report shot

24 Feb 2011 5:35pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, Florida, United States

This image strikes a loud chord in many of us ... a terrible state of affairs and great documentation!

24 Feb 2011 8:35pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

I hope this does not become reality! I know tis kind of issue is apparent almost everywhere. What really bothers me is the entire mindset. Schools now have virtually NO music education. When people talk about Samuel Barber, kids think it's someone that cuts hair. How absurd..

25 Feb 2011 2:14am

¨‘°ºO Dutçh Oº°‘¨ from Neverwhere, United States

I think middle class is in danger everywhere. What a sobering photo.

25 Feb 2011 3:36am

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Great documentary capture here where the sign tells us everything.

25 Feb 2011 4:10am

Damon Schreiber from Toronto, Canada

On the plus side though: Robocop. ;-0 Yikes; There's way too much union-busting going on these days. It's a sad day when (North) America loses respect for its workers.

25 Feb 2011 4:32am

@Damon Schreiber: Indeed!

Reno from Cd de México, Mexico

An other sad document... The economic crisis asociated with the political one, this have to be very depressing ambiance. There is still hope in the eyes of this man...
Saludos Ralph!

25 Feb 2011 7:29am

LauraS from Chico, United States

As I am listening to talk radio (local KZFR 90.1 FM), discuss the conditions of losing the unions, I appreciate this sign, all the more, as how important it is that the PEOPLE stand up and be counted for their causes, their beliefs and share their voice more loudly than we've seen in the past. Kudos to you for sharing this, Ralph!

26 Feb 2011 6:57pm

digitalCG from Manchester, United Kingdom

An important message: you could substitute many places for 'Detroit' in that placard. At the end of the day it's our own fault, we wanted better pay, better working conditions and a more affordable luxuries. That's pretty much an impossible ask.

As for why 'the arts' always seem to suffer first, I'm not so clued up on that - shall we blame Playstation and the internet?

27 Feb 2011 7:53pm

Thierry Masson from orly, France

quite dreadfull

5 Mar 2011 5:38pm