Facing Change: Documenting Detroit is a community photojournalism initiative creating a documentary record of Detroit by Detroit-area photographers. 


Each summer, Facing Change: Documenting DETROIT hosts a FREE juried Fellowship for Emerging and Early Career Photographers living in the Detroit area.  Fellows are asked to pitch a story, and then paired with acclaimed photojournalists, editors, curators, and documentarians to hone their skills and craft a portfolio that will stand on its own in the global documentary community.

2018 Fellowship

The work of our 2018 fellows is currently being uploaded. Please check back with us soon for the big reveal! This year’s work debuted as a projection on the external wall of the Detroit Institute of Arts and was again shown as a public exhibition at the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy’s annual “Soiree on the Greenway” event.

2017 Fellowship

Our second year of documentation was done by fourteen 2017 Documenting Detroit Fellows, whose work debuted at Photoville festival in Brooklyn, New York.


2016 Fellowship

Our inaugural year featured 21 Fellows creating bodies of work that were first projected onto the external wall of the Detroit Institute of Arts, to an audience of 600 people.  Since completion of the Fellowship, 2016 participants have been featured at the Photoville and DLECTRICITY festivals, in The New York Times, LensCulture, PDN, and Black and White Photography, among others.

Special thanks to our mentors, guest speakers, and board:

Myriam Abdelaziz / Devin Allen / Kainaz Amaria / Samantha Appleton / Nancy Barr / Andrea Birnbaum / Romain Blanquart / Kate Bubacz / Carlos Diaz / Bill Eisner / Roy Feldman / Danny Wilcox Frazier / Salwan Georges / Courtney Hurtt / Brian Kaufman / Kathy Kieliszewski / Brenda Ann Kenneally / Patricia Lay-Dorsey / Joanna Lehan / Zun Lee / Brent Lewis / Andrew Lichtenstein / Sheryl Mendez / Brian Palmer / Lucian Perkins / Eugene Richards / Nina Robinson / Ruddy Roye / Rashuan Rucker / Smita Sharma / Logan Siegel / Maggie Steber / William Valicenti / James Wellford