Robert Plonka

Robert Plonka has had a lifetime passion for photography. Now retired, he takes this passion very seriously and goes on long photo-shooting sessions throughout the city of Detroit, day or night, snow or sun. He also has a studio at the Russell Industrial Center where he concentrates on improving his technique with staged scenes or models. His subjects range from cityscapes, to still-lives and portraits. Photographing people in their environments is something he enjoys because he is curious of what lays behind their eyes, where they have been and where they hope to go. 

His objective goes far beyond pure esthetics. He aims at capturing the specific emotion he had when taking the photograph and takes advantage of the circumstances to compose a unique image without trying to create at all costs the perfect postcard. His photographs are the expression of what he sees and feels through the viewfinder. Pictures can be found anywhere. It’s simply a matter of noticing things and caring about what’s around. Once the photograph is taken, his artistic process is far from being finished. It continues for hours in his studio. 

To arrange purchases or for any other questions about the artwork, please contact us at info@usartboutique.com

Cornbelt Beef Corp. - Detroit, Michi
Cornbelt Beef Corp. - Detroit, Michi

Signed photograph Paper size 11x14 Photo size 11x7 - $50 (other sizes available upon request)

Bankers Trust Company - Detroit, Mic
Bankers Trust Company - Detroit, Mic

Signed photograph Paper size 11x14 Photo size 11x7 - $50 (other sizes available upon request)

Ambassador Bridge
Ambassador Bridge
Book Tower
Book Tower

Signed photograph Paper size 11x14 Photo size 11x7 - $50 (other sizes available upon request)

MacArthur Bridge
MacArthur Bridge

Signed photograph, 16"x 20" - $70 (other sizes available upon request)

Nancy Brown Peace Carillon
Nancy Brown Peace Carillon

Signed photograph, 16"x 20" - $70 (other sizes available upon request)

Rosa Parks Bus Depot
Rosa Parks Bus Depot

Signed photograph, 16"x 20" - $70 (other sizes available upon request)

MacArthur Bridge on a Foggy Night
MacArthur Bridge on a Foggy Night

Signed photograph, 16"x 20" - $70 (other sizes available upon request)

Boat Club Shack
Boat Club Shack

Signed photograph, 16"x 20" - $70 (other sizes available upon request)

Book Building
Book Building

Signed photograph, 16"x 20" - $70 (other sizes available upon request)

Belle Isle View
Belle Isle View

Signed photograph, 16"x 20" - $70 (other sizes available upon request)

Fisher Building / Fisher Body Plant
Fisher Building / Fisher Body Plant

Signed photograph Paper size 11x14 Photo size 11x7 - $50 (other sizes available upon request)

Ren Cen Street, Detroit, Michigan
Ren Cen Street, Detroit, Michigan

Signed photograph Paper size 11x14 Photo size 11x7 - $50 (other sizes available upon request)

Fisher Building Fisher Building Fis
Fisher Building Fisher Building Fis

Signed photograph Paper size 11x14 Photo size 11x7 - $50 (other sizes available upon request)

Eastern Market
Eastern Market

Signed photograph Paper size 11x14 Photo size 11x7 - $50 (other sizes available upon request)

Eastern Market at night, Detroit
Eastern Market at night, Detroit

Signed photograph Paper size 11x14 Photo size 11x7 - $50 (other sizes available upon request)

University of Phoenix, Detroit, Mich
University of Phoenix, Detroit, Mich

Signed photograph Paper size 11x14 Photo size 11x7 - $50 (other sizes available upon request)

Woodward & Grand River, Detroit, Mic
Woodward & Grand River, Detroit, Mic

Signed photograph Paper size 11x14 Photo size 11x7 - $50 (other sizes available upon request)

Fire escape, The Belt
Fire escape, The Belt

Signed photograph Paper size 11x14 Photo size 11x7 - $50 (other sizes available upon request)

Lincoln Street, Detroit, Michigan
Lincoln Street, Detroit, Michigan

Signed photograph Paper size 11x14 Photo size 11x7 - $50 (other sizes available upon request)

Fisher Body Plant 21
Fisher Body Plant 21

Signed photograph Paper size 11x14 Photo size 11x7 - $50 (other sizes available upon request)

Centaur Bar
Centaur Bar

Signed photograph, 16"x 20" - $70 (other sizes available upon request)

Melt Chocolate
Melt Chocolate

Signed photograph, 16"x 20" - $70 (other sizes available upon request)

Townhouse
Townhouse

Signed photograph, 16"x 20" - $70 (other sizes available upon request)

Boat Club
Boat Club

Signed photograph, 16"x 20" - $70 (other sizes available upon request)

Detroit Public Library Detroit Publ
Detroit Public Library Detroit Publ

Signed photograph Paper size 11x14 Photo size 11x7 - $50 (other sizes available upon request)

Belle Isle Reflection
Belle Isle Reflection

Signed photograph Paper size 11x14 Photo size 11x7 - $50 (other sizes available upon request)

Detroit Plaque
Detroit Plaque

Signed photograph Paper size 11x14 Photo size 11x7 - $50 (other sizes available upon request)

Scott Fountain Sunset
Scott Fountain Sunset

Signed photograph, 16"x 20" - $70 (other sizes available upon request)

Eastern Market, Detroit, Michigan
Eastern Market, Detroit, Michigan
Morning in the "D"
Morning in the "D"

Signed photograph Paper size 11x14 Photo size 11x7 - $50 (other sizes available upon request)

Cityscape
Cityscape

Signed photograph, 16"x 20" - $70 (other sizes available upon request)

Belle Isle Sunrise
Belle Isle Sunrise

Signed photograph, 16"x 20" - $70 (other sizes available upon request)

The Belt, Detroit
The Belt, Detroit

Signed photograph Paper size 11x14 Photo size 11x7 - $50 (other sizes available upon request)

James Scott Memorial Fountain
James Scott Memorial Fountain

Signed photograph, 16"x 20" - $70 (other sizes available upon request)