2017 Exhibition

DLECTRICITY™ will again bring thousands of people into Midtown Detroit September 22 & 23, 2017!

Facing Change: Documenting DETROIT

12. Facing Change: Documenting DETROIT

LOCATION:  The Wright Museum of African American History

Facing Change: Documenting DETROIT’s mission is to create a documentary record of Detroit by Detroit-area photographers, engaging local and global communities, through a Fellowship for Early-Career and Emerging Photographers, free community discussions hosting accomplished documentary photographers, and larger-than-life public art installations.  Fellows must apply and be selected by jury to participate, and are paired with professional editors, photographers, and curators from all over the world as mentors.  Together our Fellows and Mentors we build stories that are uniquely Detroit, where traditional journalism is missing.  We then engage the public with these stories by bringing the work to public spaces throughout the community to connect, reflect, and be inspired by all we have accomplished within our city.

Artist Information

Facing Change: Documenting DETROIT

Facing Change: Documenting DETROIT

Facing Change: Documenting DETROIT was born on a road trip from New York to Detroit in the frigid winter of 2015-- as they rode across the countryside, founders Alan Chin and Karah Shaffer recognized that Detroit was lacking a community focused on documenting its own stories, concerns, and culture.  Since beginning with an event at Red Bull House of Art in late 2015, they have built a discussion around the issues our city wishes to change, highlight, and celebrate. To date, Facing Change: Documenting DETROIT has worked with 37 emerging and early career Detroit photographers. Some are self-taught, some are formally trained, and all are from diverse backgrounds. They include immigrants, veterans, recent transplants from other cities, and some have roots that go back in Detroit many generations. Their careers include journalism, photography, small business, and in education, healthcare, and community service. Their perspectives and histories come together to recast Detroit's narrative, telling true stories of Detroit’s people and culture at home and afar. We have presented work as larger than life banner installations on the sides of buildings and in large windows, projected over 100 feet wide onto the exterior wall of the Detroit Institute of Art, and at regular monthly events featuring panel discussions and presentations with renowned photographers based both in Detroit and across the globe.