CITY5 PANORAMA by Marie Staggat
I am often asked, “Why Detroit?”
CITY4 PANORAMA by Marie Staggat
In 2010, I flew to the Motor City for the first time, my first ever flight all the way to the USA.
MIKE BANKS by Marie Staggat
I was a newly graduated photographer from Berlin.
CITY3 PANORAMA by Marie Staggat
I cannot remember if I had high expectations, but what I do remember is that I was filled with great anticipation, more than just excitement.
TIMELINE by Marie Staggat
It was that butterfly kind of feeling in my stomach, that feeling that makes you just slightly queasy.
Craig Huckaby by Marie Staggat
At that time, I only knew Detroit through the media and through stories.
KRAFTWERK JUAN ATKINS KEVIN SAUNDERSON MIKE GRANT by Marie Staggat
It was my job at the Tresor Club that introduced me to the Berlin Detroit Connection.
MIKE ARCHER by Marie Staggat
There was a lot of media hype that Detroit was dangerous, dead, and poor.
CITY19 by Marie Staggat
When I arrived, I couldn’t seem to find any of these attributes portrayed by the media.
4 HOURS OF LOVE by Marie Staggat
I saw a different side of Detroit.
CITY01 by Marie Staggat
From the beginning and evermore, it was love at first sight. Unconditional love.
RAUL DJ ROACH ROCHA by Marie Staggat
Tom Linder along with Bill Stacey were my first contacts with Detroit.
MOODYMANN KENNY DIXON JR by Marie Staggat
We met at Tresor in the beginning of 2010.
Generation Next und Big Strick by Marie Staggat
I met the rest of the Detroit Techno Militia crew during a photoshoot on the roof.
SEAN TATE AKA THE BUTCHER by Marie Staggat
From the beginning, Angie and Tom Linder were like a family to me.
MODEL 500 2 by Marie Staggat
They always had a bed for me, introduced me to the artists, and Tom accompanied me to almost all the shooting.
INNER CITY by Marie Staggat
Initially they made all of this possible. Without the two of them, I would have needed another six years to finish this book.
City11 by Marie Staggat
At the beginning of this project, Cornelius Harris also was a huge supporter.
Dj Art Payne by Marie Staggat
He connected me with the very first artists I photographed, and he was practically my tour manager on my very first Detroit trip.
Charivari Group by Marie Staggat
My initial focus was on the artists’ hands and ears.
DIVINITI by Marie Staggat
Yes, I know it sounds odd, but if you think about it, hands and ears are their tools — in addition to their creative minds and hearts.
ANDREA WALLACE AKA SUPERDRE by Marie Staggat
But I am not a doctor who can freeze images of a mind and a heart in time.
JOE BEEZY TOMMIE COOL DRAND | SOULFUL UNDERGROUND by Marie Staggat
Hands are special to me, not just that we use them every day to get through life: they are more than everyday tools for me.
JEREMY "SINISTARR" HOWARD by Marie Staggat
They exude life, almost like wrinkles.
Blake Baxter by Marie Staggat
I am very fascinated by them, and I still find the combination of hands and ears to be fantastic.
MILTON BALDWIN by Marie Staggat
Upon my return to Berlin, I was completely overwhelmed by my first overseas adventure in the Motor City.
Davina Bussey by Marie Staggat
I had many gigabytes of pictures and film in my luggage, but how would I continue?
Amp Fiddler by Marie Staggat
When an artist starts a project, there is often an end goal, perhaps an exhibit.
Norm Talley by Marie Staggat
No, I wanted to do something special.
CITY16 by Marie Staggat
Create something, something that would last and continue on, something one can hold in their hands, something to show their children one day, a piece of history to hang on to, and something that could not just be deleted in this digital world.
CITY18 by Marie Staggat
For these reasons, I decided on a book.
CITY17 by Marie Staggat
A book that is not just about a period of time in the history of electronic music described in the form of pictures, but a book that will give back to the community that made it possible.
Kelli Hand by Marie Staggat
The proceeds from this book were used to support music projects for children and teens in Detroit.
STACEY HALE by Marie Staggat
Today, I am still wildly fascinated by the city of Detroit.
CITY13 by Marie Staggat
For me, it has a special aura -- an aura that continues to enchant me and hopefully will enchant you.
JESSICA CARE MOORE by Marie Staggat
A city that is wild, creative, strong and protective of its own, aspiring, sanguine, and authentic, just like the people of this incredible city!
EDDIE FOWLKES by Marie Staggat
I had the privilege and the honor to meet many special people, people who have changed my life.
ERIC JOHNSON by Marie Staggat
I am thankful for every encounter, every conversation, every feeling …
SCAN 7 by Marie Staggat
There were so many unforgettable moments: Ann Saunderson dedicated “Blackwater” to me at the Inner City Concert.
FATHER ABRAHAM by Marie Staggat
I was part of different jam sessions deep in the heart of Detroit ...
Daniel Bell by Marie Staggat
… and I, along with Felton Howard and Pirahnahead, escaped to the Urban Bean Co. restroom when we could not find a quiet place to make a phone call with the Electrifying Mojo.
JUAN ATKINS 1 by Marie Staggat
From the very beginning, Detroit opened its arms to me with support for my project and a welcoming spirit that was there every time I returned.
JUAN ATKINS 2 by Marie Staggat
I hope you get a sense of Detroit from it.
MIKE HUCKABY by Marie Staggat
I hope you see the beauty in the city as I do.
SUGA SHONUFF & FLO REAL 1 by Marie Staggat
And, I hope that the pictures spark your curiosity and that you decide to see the Motor City with your own eyes.
SETH TROXLER by Marie Staggat
To uncover the history and roots of electronic music, to engage the people, to talk to them, and to feel the spirit of Detroit while drinking a Mexican Hot Chocolate at the Urban Bean Café.
MODEL 500 1 by Marie Staggat
Look at what this project is and what it has become.
ROBERT HOOD by Marie Staggat
Perhaps you know someone with talent who could be supported by this book project.
DJ BONE by Marie Staggat
It is a love affair with electronic music.
SUGA SHONUFF & FLO REAL 2 by Marie Staggat
A love affair with Detroit.
Love and respect –
Text and Photography: Marie Staggat