the parkhurst papers
The Parkhurst Papers is a series of prints I began about the neighborhood I lived in. It was scary and crime-ridden, but our block was populated by some of the finest and most refined people I know. It was a community of artists, writers, educators, and activists who believed they could and would make a difference.
The Woodward/6 Mile/John R area of Detroit is its unofficial red light district. The women and transgender prostitutes there live desperate and dangerous lives.
A Portrait of Jason and Joann Fligger, two of the finest residents of the Parkhurst Community.
I call him Father John, the man with a vision of creating an artists enclave on Parkhurst. He's been working at it for many years.
Gilbert was a multi-talented wunderkind. He cut our grass, gave dietary advice, walked dogs, and was a master chef.
One of the worst days living on Parkhurst was the one where a transgender prostitute named Coco was shot to death in front of the house next door to us. My wife heard her final cries for help.