Spring 2016 Fellowship Program

Photo by Danny Wilcox Frazier / VII, Summer Days, Belle Isle. (2010)

photo by Danny Wilcox Frazier / VII

…and Public Art Installation!

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photo illustration showing mock-up of projection

Documenting DETROIT is happening NOW!

We are a community-based photojournalism initiative that’s partnering 21 local and regional emerging and early career photographers in a Fellowship with national and international photographers and editors as mentors. We are completing a documentary project illustrating lives of Detroiters throughout the city’s 139 square miles, focusing on daily life, personal stories, and larger social, political, and economic issues.

The work of Fellowship participants will also be published in print as a magazine-style booklet, and on different platforms online, including on the Web and on Instagram @EverydayMotorCity.

See the newest photographs made by our participating photographers, click on any image to launch slideshow:

Our photographers are: Gabriela Baginski, MarQuez Bell, Julian Bibb, Zac Clark, Amethyst Davis, Brian Day, Jon DeBoer, Cydni Elledge, Danya Ensing, Razi Jafri, Steve Koss, Ali Lapetina, Jarod Lew, Justin Milhouse, Rolando Palacio, Amy Sacka, Felicia Tolbert, Anahli Vazquez, Alexandre da Veiga, Sean Work, and Rosamaria Zamarron.

Our mentors are: Chris Anderson, Nina Berman, Kate Bubacz, Alan Chin, Carlos Diaz, Salwan Georges, Glenna Gordon, Todd Heisler, Krisanne Johnson, Brenda Ann Kenneally, Kathy Kieliszewski, Zun Lee, Joanna Lehan, Andrew Lichtenstein, Brian Palmer, Nina Robinson, Sandra Stevenson, Maggie Steber, Louisa Marie Summer, Peter van Agtmael, Jamie Wellford, and Clarence Williams.

Photo by Karah Shaffer

Photo by Karah Shaffer

Our outcomes will include large-scale public art installations, with projections onto the sides of buildings in the center of the city, running after sundown, and billboard size wall posters in every neighborhood, bringing stories from all the city’s walks of life into the common spaces of Detroit, to be seen by many thousands of people.

Our participants will become better equipped both to document their own communities and to join larger conversations.

It is our aim that the story of Detroit is told by Detroiters.

Photo by Alan Chin

Photo by Alan Chin

As part of our public outreach, we are also hosting monthly events at the Red Bull House of Art and other locations, presenting both Detroit and national and international guest photographers to show their work and participate in panel discussions. At these events we also set up our Pop-UP Photo Studio for informal portrait sessions. Finally, we’ve launched a program of classes directed at photographers seeking feedback and improvement of their skills, bringing their work for group discussion.

Join us on Instagram: @EverydayMotorCity, featuring images by local photographers shot within the city limits:

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We need funding to ensure that the cost of the fellowship and the public art installations are not taken on by fellowship participants—simply put, this program is 100% free of charge for the participants. Assistance is needed to secure classroom space, transportation, stipends and expenses for the mentors and staff, technical equipment, and support for the week-long program, as well as projectors and technical assistance for the public art components. All donations to FCDA, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, are tax-deductible.

Our 2016 Fellowship Application Period has closed — THANK YOU for your submissions —

Missed the deadline?  Stay tuned to this site, and our Facebook and Instagram pages, for further ways to become involved in the 2016 Fellowship, as well as take advantage of other opportunities available through Facing Change: Documenting DETROIT, as we grow this project into a permanent institution offering more programs on a regular basis.

Photo by David Burnett

Photo by David Burnett

Please email us at DocumentDetroit (at) if you wish to know more.

Donations at the levels below all have rewards, and all donations are tax-deductible to extent allowable by law!

$30 We will send you a postcard of an original image from one of our participants.
$75 Copy of our new book published in collaboration with the Library of Congress: Facing Change, by Leah Bendavid-Val !
$125 Book and 8 x 10 print of an original image from one of our participants.
$250 Book and 11 x 14 print of an original image from one of our participants.
$500 and up Book and 16 x 20 print of an original image from one of our participants.

Thank you!

Alan Chin, Project Director, +1 917 309-8866
Karah Shaffer, Project Coordinator, +1 313 483-7555

629 W. Milwaukee Avenue, Suite 600
Detroit, MI 48202

Thank you to our partners:

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 With special thanks to:

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