Mark Byrnes is a senior associate editor at CityLab who writes about design and architecture.
Some of the world's best photographers spent time in Wisconsin's biggest city to produce "Postcards from America: Milwaukee."
Some of the world's best photographers have been spending time in Milwaukee since last year. What they've found can now be seen inside the city's art museum.
"Postcards from America: Milwaukee," on exhibit at the Milwaukee Art Museum through Oct. 19, highlights photos taken in Wisconsin's biggest city between August 2013 and April 2014 by photographers from the international cooperative Magnum Photos.
Magnum has been assembling images for its Postcards from America project for a few years now, with photographers traveling all over, from the Florida panhandle to Utah. Each destination involves collaborations with locals. In Milwaukee, photographers got help from university students with research and to make connections with subject material.
The show is interesting as a local museum exhibit, since the photographs show Milwaukeeans how outsiders see their city. That perception varies widely, from Martin Parr's shots of pure Americana at Wisconsin's State Fair to overwhelming isolation seen through Mark Power's photographs of the city's industrial areas. Many more photos from Magnum's trips to the city can be seen on its website and Tumblr.
"Postcards from America: Milwaukee" is on view at the Milwaukee Art Museum through Oct. 19, 2014.