Facing Change: Documenting Detroit

Karah Shaffer

Documenting DETROIT is a Documentary Project and Fellowship Program using photography made by 21 emerging and early-career photographers from the Detroit area, illustrating lives of Detroiters throughout the city’s 139 square miles.  The images focus on daily life, personal stories, and larger social, political, and economic issues.

These photographs will be presented to Detroit and the world as large-scale public art installations, bringing stories from all the city’s walks of life into the common spaces of Detroit.  The photographs will be presented as large scale projections onto buildings after sunset, window installations on neighborhood properties, and storefront multimedia installations. The work will also be published in print as a magazine-style booklet, and on our online platforms– www.DocumentingDETROIT.org, facebook.com/documentingDETROIT, and @EverydayMotorCity on Instagram.

Documentary photography has the unique ability to shape and inform discourse on all issues impacting the public interest. The images generated by our project will help strengthen community ties as Detroiters see themselves and their neighbors photographed by fellow Detroit area residents. The publication of these images will project a truer perception of Detroit in both local and national media.  This project is truly by Detroit, of Detroit, and for Detroit.

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