Douglas Haller is a native Detroiter who lived in Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Philadelphia and New Orleans before returning to Metro Detroit after Hurricane Katrina.
He received an M.A. in History and Archival Administration at Wayne State University in 1982 and has since pursued a career as a photographic curator, archivist and historian, with intervals as an antiques dealer and bed-and-breakfast operator. Haller has published, lectured, toured and exhibited on topics including historical and documentary photography, urban and architectural history, and historic preservation. He is the author of Arab Lands: The Bonfils Photography Collection of the University of Pennsylvania Museum (2000), as well as articles including "Architectural Archaeology: A Centennial View of the Museum Buildings" (1999). Haller began working with David Clements as curator for the photographic exhibit "Talking Shops: Detroit’s Soulful Signage," at Wayne State’s Reuther Library (1999 – 2000).