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
Signed photograph
Paper size 11x14 Photo size 11x7 - $50 (other sizes available upon request)
Bankers Trust Company - Detroit, Mic
Signed photograph
Paper size 11x14 Photo size 11x7 - $50 (other sizes available upon request)
Ambassador Bridge
Book Tower
Signed photograph
Paper size 11x14 Photo size 11x7 - $50 (other sizes available upon request)
MacArthur Bridge
Signed photograph, 16"x 20" - $70 (other sizes available upon request)
Nancy Brown Peace Carillon
Signed photograph, 16"x 20" - $70 (other sizes available upon request)
Rosa Parks Bus Depot
Signed photograph, 16"x 20" - $70 (other sizes available upon request)
MacArthur Bridge on a Foggy Night
Signed photograph, 16"x 20" - $70 (other sizes available upon request)
Boat Club Shack
Signed photograph, 16"x 20" - $70 (other sizes available upon request)
Book Building
Signed photograph, 16"x 20" - $70 (other sizes available upon request)
Belle Isle View
Signed photograph, 16"x 20" - $70 (other sizes available upon request)
Fisher Building / Fisher Body Plant
Signed photograph
Paper size 11x14 Photo size 11x7 - $50 (other sizes available upon request)
Ren Cen Street, Detroit, Michigan
Signed photograph
Paper size 11x14 Photo size 11x7 - $50 (other sizes available upon request)
Fisher Building Fisher Building Fis
Signed photograph
Paper size 11x14 Photo size 11x7 - $50 (other sizes available upon request)
Eastern Market
Signed photograph
Paper size 11x14 Photo size 11x7 - $50 (other sizes available upon request)
Eastern Market at night, Detroit
Signed photograph
Paper size 11x14 Photo size 11x7 - $50 (other sizes available upon request)
University of Phoenix, Detroit, Mich
Signed photograph
Paper size 11x14 Photo size 11x7 - $50 (other sizes available upon request)
Woodward & Grand River, Detroit, Mic
Signed photograph
Paper size 11x14 Photo size 11x7 - $50 (other sizes available upon request)
Fire escape, The Belt
Signed photograph
Paper size 11x14 Photo size 11x7 - $50 (other sizes available upon request)
Lincoln Street, Detroit, Michigan
Signed photograph
Paper size 11x14 Photo size 11x7 - $50 (other sizes available upon request)
Fisher Body Plant 21
Signed photograph
Paper size 11x14 Photo size 11x7 - $50 (other sizes available upon request)
Centaur Bar
Signed photograph, 16"x 20" - $70 (other sizes available upon request)
Melt Chocolate
Signed photograph, 16"x 20" - $70 (other sizes available upon request)
Townhouse
Signed photograph, 16"x 20" - $70 (other sizes available upon request)
Boat Club
Signed photograph, 16"x 20" - $70 (other sizes available upon request)
Detroit Public Library Detroit Publ
Signed photograph
Paper size 11x14 Photo size 11x7 - $50 (other sizes available upon request)
Belle Isle Reflection
Signed photograph
Paper size 11x14 Photo size 11x7 - $50 (other sizes available upon request)
Detroit Plaque
Signed photograph
Paper size 11x14 Photo size 11x7 - $50 (other sizes available upon request)
Scott Fountain Sunset
Signed photograph, 16"x 20" - $70 (other sizes available upon request)
Eastern Market, Detroit, Michigan
Morning in the "D"
Signed photograph
Paper size 11x14 Photo size 11x7 - $50 (other sizes available upon request)
Cityscape
Signed photograph, 16"x 20" - $70 (other sizes available upon request)
Belle Isle Sunrise
Signed photograph, 16"x 20" - $70 (other sizes available upon request)
The Belt, Detroit
Signed photograph
Paper size 11x14 Photo size 11x7 - $50 (other sizes available upon request)
James Scott Memorial Fountain
Signed photograph, 16"x 20" - $70 (other sizes available upon request)
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