The building known as “Detroit’s largest art object” has been dropping jaws in New Center for more than 80 years.
The Fisher — built by the Fisher brothers of “Body by Fisher” fame — opened Sept. 1, 1928, at Second Avenue and Grand Boulevard. Once known as the Cathedral to Commerce, the 441-foot tower is decked to the nines in fancy marbles, mosaics, soaring, painted ceilings and a whole lot of brass and bronze. This world of shops, theater, art and architectural beauty is renowned architect Albert Kahn’s masterpiece, “a superbly designed complex which displays some of the finest craftsmanship in any Art Deco style building constructed in the U.S. in the 1920s,” the National Park Service says.
Unquestionably, the golden tower of the Fisher Building is one of the most recognizable sights in Detroit’s skyline.
Vintage Photographs of a 1946 United States Nuclear Test.
Some unique vintage photographs have surfaced of a United States nuclear weapons test conducted in 1946. Named Operation Crossroads, the experiments were conducted just off the coast of Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands and were designed to test the effects of nuclear weapons on naval ships. Two nuclear bombs were detonated, each releasing an explosion equivalent to over 23 kilotons of TNT, but because the bombs went off underwater the blinding flash that usually occurs was barely seen, meaning clear shots of the resulting 900 ft (274 m) vertical water columns were available. The eery images were taken 3.5 miles away from the island beach, which is now uninhabited due to the resulting radiation.
Living in a surreal world.
In every location Thomas Barbey has traveled to, he has taken photographs. He uses the pictures to create artistic montages of a imaginary concepts, which are technically made with a combination of negatives, pre-planned double exposures, and/or other methods.