A New Ice Fishing Photography Exhibit to Debut at Dossin Great Lakes Museum

See the work of Detroit documentary photographer Amy Sacka
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Photographer Amy Sacka’s black-and-white images of ice fishing culture, one of which is pictured above, will be on display at the Dossin Great Lakes Museum this month. // Photograph by Amy Sacka 

Learn more about one of Michigan’s most celebrated winter pastimes with a new photography exhibition that showcases the state’s ice fishing culture. Last Ice, which debuts on Feb. 20 at the Dossin Great Lakes Museum on Belle Isle, will feature the work of Detroit photographer Amy Sacka, who has been documenting Great Lakes ice fishing since 2016.  

On display through April 24, Last Ice will include indoor and outdoor installations of black-and-white photos by Sacka. The images will be presented alongside additional works and artifacts related to winter culture in Michigan, landscape, and climate change. Artists Scott Hocking, Michael McGillis, and Valaurian Waller will contribute pieces to the exhibit. 

Sacka’s father’s lifelong passion for ice fishing on Lake St. Clair and inspired her to start documenting the culture surrounding the activity. She’s traveled more than 30,000 miles across Michigan to photograph ice fishing — snapping photos in Escanaba, Saginaw Bay, Oscoda, and more — and her work has been published in National Geographic, HuffPost, and even Hour Detroit. 

To mark the opening of the exhibition, an outdoor event will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Sacka will speak at 11:30, and other artists will also make appearances. 

Admission to the museum is free, although donations of $5 are suggested. Capacity restrictions are in place due to the pandemic, so advanced registration for tickets, which can be reserved online, is encouraged.  

For more information, visit detroithistorical.org. 

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