Michigan State University College of Law Art Exhibition
"Faces from an American Dream," a collection of photographs by Martin Desht
Martin Desht, photographer, essayist and poet, will exhibit "Faces from an American Dream," a collection of photographs
illustrating America's transformation into post-industrialization from Thursday, October 8, 2009 through Thanksgiving on the 4th floor of the Michigan State University College of Law. This exhibit, which has been traveling nationally since 1992, depicts the shift from an industrial economy to a modern service-and information-oriented economy in American cities and towns. "For old industrial towns, many had to discover a new reason for being," says Desht. His photographs poignantly show how the American dream has been re-defined for skilled and unskilled workers alike at the end of the twentieth century. Before he began documenting post-industrial communities on a large scale, Desht worked as a steelworker in Pennsylvania until the late 1970s. His work has been widely exhibited at numerous sites including the Harvard University, Stern School of Business at New York University, Pennsylvania State University, Cornell University, the New York Public Library United States Senate, and the United States Department of Labor, among other venues. Desht has contributed to many publications of collected photography and poetry, including the International Journal of Regional and Local Studies, Pennsylvania History and Center for Working-Class Studies. He has received awards from a range of organizations, including the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Illinois Humanities Council and the Puffin Foundation. Desht holds a M.F.A. from New England College and a B.A. from DeSales University.