Last Night a Camera Saved My Life - The Photography of Doug Coombe

Doug Coombe

Last Night a Camera Saved My Life

The Photography of Doug Coombe:

Doug is a legendary photo-documentarian of the music scene in Southeast Michigan and beyond. His work has brought audiences face-to-face and behind-the-scenes with countless musical luminaries and he brings incredible joy, creativity, and skill to his work. Doug's kindness and dedication to his subjects and craft have made him a beloved figure in the music industry at large and especially in this rich local music scene. CultureVerse is honored to present this one-of-a-kind photographic/music/technology exhibit in celebration of Doug's work.

A former longtime record store employee, he decided to start bringing a camera to shows to document the local music scene in 1991. Locally Doug has photographed and written for Orbit, Detroit Metro Times, and Issue Media Group. Clients include Rolling Stone, Spin, Pitchfork, Maggot Brain, Wax Poetics, Mojo and The Wire. Doug's work appeared in the show D Troit at Gigantic ArtSpace in NYC and at Urbis in Manchester, UK in 2003 and 2004, Detroit After Dark at the Detroit Institute of Arts in 2016 and Come Together at Detroit’s Galerie Camille in 2021 . Doug is currently working on a book of his Detroit music photography, finishing up a short documentary on John Brannon's High School band Static and teaching photography at Washtenaw Community College.

Visit the exhibit now through July 24th at CultureVerse Gallery in Ann Arbor to experience Doug's amazing work and explore cutting-edge virtual experiences.

Also, stay tuned for the announcement of our gallery speaker series in June and July.

Gallery Location and Hours

309 S. Main St.

Ann Arbor, MI

Open to the public June 9th - July 24th

Thu/Fri 4pm - 8pm

Sat 12pm - 8pm

Sun 12pm - 4pm

(Questions? Email

Schedule of Events (PAST)

Friday, June 3rd

Photography Exhibit Opening Reception @CultureVerse Gallery

Featuring WCBN DJ Shelley Salant

6pm - 9pm

CultureVerse Gallery

309 S. Main St., Ann Arbor, MI

Free to the public

Same Eyes, Minihorse, Ectomorph (live DJ set), and more @The Blind Pig

10pm - 2am

The Blind Pig

208 S. 1st St., Ann Arbor, MI

Cover at the door

Saturday, June 4th

Josef Deas DJ Set @LoFi

10pm - 2am


220 S. Main St., Ann Arbor, MI

Cover at the door

Sunday, June 5th

Tim Haldeman Quartet @Ravens


Ravens Club

207 S. Main St., Ann Arbor, MI

Cover at the door

Technology Meets Art

As part of our project to create a virtual Blind Pig filled with Doug's photography we created a scan of the interior of this historic venue. Special thanks to The Blind Pig for allowing us access to create this scan.

You'll be able to visit and take home Doug's virtual exhibition at the show. In the meantime you can explore the scan of the 3D scan of the Blind Pig below:

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Doug Coombe
December 7, 2022
CultureVerse Gallery
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