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One-Shot Stanger


Monday February 3, 2020: 9:00am to Friday March 13, 2020: 9:00pm


Downtown Library: 2nd Floor Exhibit


Eck Stanger, chief photographer for the Ann Arbor News for 40 years, landed the job because he was the only News employee able to read the German instructions for his secondhand Speed Graphic camera. Or so the legend goes. Over the course of his four decades as photographer—and the News’ sole photographer during its first 12 years—“one-shot Stanger,” as he came to be known, captured famous statesmen, princes, and presidents, as well as eminent artists, musicians, scientists, and athletes. But he spent most of his time capturing everyday Ann Arborites with skill and a keen eye. Although we’ve only digitized a fraction of his thousands of photographic negatives in our Archive, this exhibit reveals some of our far.