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A wrecked train documents life in photos

By Karpov the Wrecked Train

A gifted young Detroit-based documentary photographer, Karpov the Wrecked Train (aka Kenny Corbin), looks through his lens and frames life in a way that channels the style of his photographic muses from the 1950s through 1970s.

But his work is a fusion too – old school meets new school.  Using old, classic lenses and an aptitude for aperture, Karpov is able to take stunning photos with only natural light using a state-of-the-art digital camera.

“I strive for the tension between chaos and order. In the complex real world, visual chaos is everywhere. As a result, viewers often see my photography as interactions of social life and the realities of labor and class,” said Karpov.

His unusual moniker aside, his photos are anything but a train wreck. They are stunning moments of life suspended in time as seen through a talented and unique eye. Since 2009, Karpov has exhibited his work all over the Detroit and New York metro areas. He lives and works in Detroit.

An exhibit of his work “Suroeste” is opening March 9 in Southwest Detroit. The exhibit opens with a reception on Friday, March 9, from 6-8 pm at The Atrium Project Space located on 7752 W. Vernor. The photo collection will be on display from Friday, March 9 to June 22, 2012. For more information about the show call (313) 842-0986 x 36.

Click here for a sneak preview of some of Karpov’s work.

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