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Documenting DETROIT Presents EUGENE RICHARDS and PATRICIA LAY-DORSEY (aka Grandma Techno) at Detroit Startup Week!

  • Detroit Masonic Temple 500 Temple Street Detroit, MI, 48201 United States (map)

The Documenting DETROIT Lecture Series and Open House continues in May, with Eugene Richards and Patricia Lay-Dorsey sharing their work, and of course we'll be making pictures at the Pop-UP Portrait Studio for our guests! 

Eugene Richards is a photographer, writer, and documentary filmmaker who has authored seventeen books, the most recent being War Is Personal (Many Voices Press, 2010), a documentation in words and pictures of the human consequences of the Iraq war, and Red Ball of a Sun Slipping Down (Many Voices Press, 2014), which speaks of life in the Arkansas Delta decades ago and today. Among numerous honors, Mr. Richards has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, the W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography, and the Kraszna-Krausz Award for Photographic Innovation in Books. His photographs are represented in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MOMA, the International Center of Photography, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, among others.

Patricia Lay-Dorsey was born in Washington, DC in 1942. Detroit-based since 1966, she brings her training as a social worker and four decades as a visual artist to her humanistic photography. Patricia’s photo projects tell the intimate stories of people’s lives - including her own –as seen from the inside. Best known for Falling Into Place, a self portrait book that documents her day-to-day life with a disability, Patricia also turns her camera on subjects like life at home with Eddie, her husband of 50 years, and her 11 years at Movement Detroit Electronic Music Festival where she has become a worldwide celebrity known as Grandma Techno.

Documenting DETROIT is a program of Facing Change: Documenting America (FCDA), a nonprofit organization created by photojournalists in 2009 to address our era of great challenges in the United States through photographs and narratives. FCDA collaborates with the Library of Congress to archive and publish work; the first product of that effort, a book entitled "Facing Change" was published in October 2012. For more information on FCDA, please visit