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


From 2016 through 2018, Facing Change: Documenting DETROIT hosted a FREE juried Fellowship for Emerging and Early Career Photographers living in the Detroit area.  Fellows were asked to pitch a story, and then paired with acclaimed photojournalists, editors, curators, and documentarians to hone their skills and craft a portfolio that stands on its own in the global documentary community.

2018 Fellowship

Our 2018 Fellows’ 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. Special thanks to the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Fujifilm USA, and Ford Motor Company for their generous contributions this year.

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, and was shown at home during DLECTRICITY Festival. Special thanks to the Richard and Jane Manoogian Foundation, Bedrock, and PhotoWings for their support in 2017.


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 Bedrock, Civilla, and Red Bull Arts Detroit for supporting our inaugural year programming.

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

Myriam Abdelaziz / Devin Allen / Kainaz Amaria / Samantha Appleton / Nancy Barr / Laylah Amatullah Barrayn / Andrea Birnbaum / Romain Blanquart / Cecilia Bohan / Cassie Brenske / Kate Bubacz / Carlos Diaz / Kholood Eid / Bill Eisner / Melissa Bunni Elian / Danny Wilcox Frazier / Salwan Georges / Glenna Gordon / Stephanie Heimann / Courtney Hurtt / Krisanne Johnson / Levon Kafafian / Brian Kaufman / Kathy Kieliszewski / Brenda Ann Kenneally / Patricia Lay-Dorsey / Joanna Lehan / Zun Lee / Brent Lewis / Andrew Lichtenstein / Sheryl Mendez / Huseyn Mehrpay / Kimberly Mitchell / Brian Palmer / Lucian Perkins / Eugene Richards / Nina Robinson / Ruddy Roye / Rashuan Rucker / Zlatan and Indira Sadikovic / Ali Sayed-Ali / Smita Sharma / Logan Siegel / Maggie Steber / William Valicenti / James Wellford / Brian Widdis