Facing Change: Documenting America (FCDA)

Facing Change: Documenting America (FCDA) http://documentingdetroit.org We are a non-profit organization of photographers, editors, curators, and educators coming together to explore America and the critical issues it faces.

Our goal is to create a visual resource that raises social awareness and expands public debate. Our marquee project is Documenting DETROIT. Board of Directors: Cassie Brenske Sheryl Mendez Brian Palmer Documenting DETROIT: Karah Shaffer, Executive Director Alan Chin, Managing Director Huseyn Merphay, Operations Manager

Mission: Facing Change: Documenting America’s purpose is to illuminate critical issues facing our country, creating a documentary record that uses our narratives to expand public debate and engagement through education, public art, and public event projects and programs. Our flagship program is: Documenting DETROIT, creating a documentary record of Detroit by Detroit-area photographers through education, discussion, and multimedia production, engaging local and global communities.

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Congratulations to FCDA photographer and Documenting DETROIT co-founder Alan Chin, who is one of 18 photographers develo...
10/28/2020
THE MAGNUM FOUNDATION FUND: US DISPATCHES — Magnum Foundation

Congratulations to FCDA photographer and Documenting DETROIT co-founder Alan Chin, who is one of 18 photographers developing short-term visual projects following the 2020 US Elections as part of the Magnum Foundation’s “US Dispatches” series. Follow along and take a look at his and the other photographers’ works on the Magnum Foundation website!

This fall, the Magnum Foundation is proud to announce the support of 18 photographers to develop short-term visual projects related to the 2020 US elections.

Today at 11:30am— WDET 101.9FM presents “BEYOND AUDIO:  Multimedia Collaboration During COVID-19” as part of the Detroit...
10/18/2020

Today at 11:30am— WDET 101.9FM presents “BEYOND AUDIO: Multimedia Collaboration During COVID-19” as part of the Detroit Podcast Festival! You’ll need to register to attend this online workshop, so pop over to the link below and score a place at this event featuring Documenting DETROIT Alums Rachel Elise Thomas, Amy Sacka, Shiraz Ahmed, and collaborators Courtney Wise Randolph and Dave Leins! Follow the link for more information and to register:

https://wdet.org/posts/2020/10/09/90112-hang-out-with-wdet-virtually-at-the-2020-detroit-podcast-festival/?fbclid=IwAR1ugHGbOxliD1hOc3k7dXp7bUEjN0LxUSP4l13S8hjPyx6CJCQcruRU9PY

This Sunday 10/18, WDET 101.9FM talks collaboration, using the COVID Diaries project which features the work of Document...
10/15/2020
Beyond Audio: COVID Diaries and Multimedia Collaborations

This Sunday 10/18, WDET 101.9FM talks collaboration, using the COVID Diaries project which features the work of Documenting DETROIT Alums as example, as part of the Detroit Podcast Festival! Join! https://wdet.org/events/beyond-audio-covid-diaries-and-multimedia-collaborations/

Buy Now »   Artists and producers from WDET's COVID Diaries project will present on the challenges to multimedia collaboration during COVID-19, using the COVID Diaries and Framed by WDET projects as a lens to discuss solutions. The panel will be moderated by David Leins. Panel includes Sh...

Amy Sacka, 2016 Documenting DETROIT Alum, reported on suburban American women voters for the The Sydney Morning Herald!
09/19/2020

Amy Sacka, 2016 Documenting DETROIT Alum, reported on suburban American women voters for the The Sydney Morning Herald!

A dispatch from 2018 Documenting DETROIT Alum Lauren Santucci:“For the past 9 months, I’ve been filming and producing a ...
09/09/2020
Documentary Exposes Reality of Child Poverty in America in the Time of the Coronavirus

A dispatch from 2018 Documenting DETROIT Alum Lauren Santucci:
“For the past 9 months, I’ve been filming and producing a documentary for FRONTLINE PBS. It’s an intimate film that follows three children growing up in poverty in Ohio.

The film is told from the perspective of the children to understand the impact that poverty and homelessness is having on their families as the pandemic amplifies their difficulties.

I don’t know how to articulate how much I've learned from these kids and their families during this extremely difficult year. I'm so proud of them for speaking their minds and sharing their stories.

The film will be broadcast on PBS at 9pm EST tomorrow, September 9. It will also be available to watch in full at pbs.org/frontline.

Thank you so much to the director, Jezza Neumann, who has been away from his own family in the UK for six months to make this film. Thank you Madeleine Hordinski and Brooke LaValley for helping with the production, we could have never completed this without you. And thank you Srijita Chattopadhyay for taking care of my dog when I was working long days!

https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/announcement/documentary-child-poverty-coronavirus-america/?utm_source=email&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=share_button

FRONTLINE's "Growing Up Poor in America" premieres Tues., Sept. 8.

Khary Mason, photographer, writer, co-founder of Capturing Belief and 2019 Documenting DETROIT Fellow, first exhibition ...
09/08/2020

Khary Mason, photographer, writer, co-founder of Capturing Belief and 2019 Documenting DETROIT Fellow, first exhibition has his first exhibition this week, in New York City! If you are in the DUMBO AREA this Wed, Thur, or Friday come check his work out.

View “Breaking Black” projected on the outside walls of St. Ann's Warehouse September 9th, 10th, and 11th. Weather permitting.

Wear a mask and keep a social distance.

St. Ann’s Warehouse Presents
Summer outdoor Projection Exhibition Featuring Recent works by Detroit Photographer Khary Mason
Hosted by St. Ann's Warehouse, curated by @shotbykobie #findingasilverliningin2020

09/01/2020
Photoville

We’re thrilled to see Photoville coming back this year with outdoor exhibits citywide— great job Dave, Laura, Sam and the whole crew for pulling this show together against the odds! Our friends and mentors Nina Robinson, Laylah Amatullah Barrayn, Peter DiCampo and the Everyday Projects, and so many more will be showcasing important projects! And those not in NY can stay tuned with online programming! Check it:

https://www.facebook.com/314118298642591/posts/3198330133554712/?vh=e&d=n

The #PhotovilleFestival, New York City’s FREE premier photo destination, returns for a ninth year in a different way – online community and artist programming plus photo exhibitions in public spaces throughout New York City.

This annual community gathering features public over 60 exhibitions, virtual storytelling events, artist talks, workshops, demonstrations, educational programs, and community programming.

Check out our full announcement and get to know all the exhibitions at photoville.nyc.

We will be making all of our virtual program registration links live this Friday, Sept 4.
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Thanks to our founding partner Brooklyn Bridge Park plus our marquee partners New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, Two Trees Management Co., Leica Camera, PhotoWings, Made in NY, and the Dumbo Improvement District (DUMBO, Brooklyn)
for continuing to step up and support our community. And our new host partners NYC Parks, Times Square, New York City (Arts) and Abrons Arts Center

Check out all of our partners at photoville.nyc/partners

Catch Amy Sacka on Michigan Radio tomorrow talking about her work capturing ice fishers around the Great Lakes, publishe...
09/01/2020
Stateside

Catch Amy Sacka on Michigan Radio tomorrow talking about her work capturing ice fishers around the Great Lakes, publishes in the August edition of National Geographic Magazine! Sacka is a 2016 Documenting DETROIT Alum. https://www.michiganradio.org/programs/stateside

Stateside covers what you need (and want) to know about Michigan. You hear stories from people across the state—from policymakers in Lansing, to

08/24/2020
Solidarity: First Your Liberation Then Mine

'Solidarity: First Your Liberation And Then Mine' was produced for Inside Southwest Detroit, co-directed by Karen Cardenas and Erik Paul Howard, and centers 40 days of solidarity and movement building in Detroit following the murder of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis Police Department amid national uprisings in support of #BlackLivesMatter and the introduction of the Breathe Act led by Movement for Black Lives' policy agenda. Photography by Documenting DETROIT alums Erik, Rachel Elise Thomas, and Rosa María Zamarrón, with photography editing by mentor Nina Robinson.

'Solidarity: First Your Liberation And Then Mine' was produced for Inside Southwest Detroit, co-directed by Karen Cardenas and Erik Paul Howard, and centers ...

In the seven years since Brian Palmer relocated to Richmond, VA, he has been keeping a record of what he calls “Confeder...
08/18/2020
Confederate monuments topple in Richmond, Virginia | Reveal

In the seven years since Brian Palmer relocated to Richmond, VA, he has been keeping a record of what he calls “Confederaphilia, a truly dangerous illness”, and in recent months those monuments coming down. That portfolio is published today on Reveal.

Brian has been a wonderful friend and mentor to Documenting DETROIT, and is a former FCDA board member.

They were built to commandeer history, to project an immutable myth, to erase reality, to make the horrible majestic.

Photograph and caption by 2016 Documenting DETROIT Alum Cydni Elledge. “Sen. Kamala Harris at the NAACP Freedom Fund Din...
08/12/2020

Photograph and caption by 2016 Documenting DETROIT Alum Cydni Elledge.

“Sen. Kamala Harris at the NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner in Detroit, MI on May 5, 2019.
Sen. Harris makes history as the first Black woman VP nominee.”

Alexandre da Veiga, 2016 Documenting DETROIT Fellow, photographed for The New York Times on an article addressing microa...
08/12/2020
For Doctors of Color, Microaggressions Are All Too Familiar

Alexandre da Veiga, 2016 Documenting DETROIT Fellow, photographed for The New York Times on an article addressing microagressions against physicians of color, in this article out today. Take a look:

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nytimes.com/2020/08/11/health/microaggression-medicine-doctors.amp.html

“They ask you if you’re coming in to take the trash out — stuff they wouldn’t ask a physician who was a white male.”

Melissa Bunni Elian, New York-based photographer and writer, and Documenting DETROIT Mentor, writes for Nieman Reports: ...
07/31/2020
In Photographing Social Justice Protests, Respect Means ‘Looking Again’ | Nieman Reports

Melissa Bunni Elian, New York-based photographer and writer, and Documenting DETROIT Mentor, writes for Nieman Reports: “When photographing protracted struggles, the story can’t always be told in the heat of the moment. When our images are myopic, so is the overall framing of our news stories. Similar to a camera’s lenses, the frameworks we use in our work must be interchangeable.”

If visual journalists privilege conflict over collaboration and community, we fail in our duties as witness, truthful storyteller, and concerned citizen

Our final week of ‘COVID Diaries: Stories of Resilience’, our joint project with Documenting DETROIT and WDET Storymaker...
07/08/2020
COVID Diaries: Love On Your Journey Because That’s Why You’re Here

Our final week of ‘COVID Diaries: Stories of Resilience’, our joint project with Documenting DETROIT and WDET Storymakers is now up on WDET 101.9FM. We’re so grateful to be able to share the words and images of these six artists with all our followers. Grateful that all of these artists - Courtney Wise Randolph, Amy Sacka, Darryl DeAngelo Terrell, Erik Howard, Rachel Elise Thomas and Rosa María Zamarrón - focused in on communicating their thoughts and emotions to us for the last ten *very* challenging and sobering weeks. Thank you to Dave Leins, Shiraz Ahmed, Courtney Bethany and Meta Stange for keeping this project on track, and for allowing the artists’ thoughts and visions to come through in a way we rarely see in joint projects. We hope everyone who follows our pages has enjoyed these pieces.

https://wdet.org/posts/2020/07/08/89790-covid-diaries-love-on-your-journey-because-thats-why-youre-here/

In the final installment of “COVID Diaries: Stories of Resilience,” five documentary photographers created art that illustrates this week’s assignment: “Aspiration.”

The work of Rosa María Zamarrón (2016 Documenting DETROIT Fellow) went viral this weekend!  The images were taken as par...
07/06/2020
Stunning photo shows Indigenous women posing where Detroit's Christopher Columbus statue stood

The work of Rosa María Zamarrón (2016 Documenting DETROIT Fellow) went viral this weekend! The images were taken as part of a "Waawiiyaatanong Resurgence" ceremony in solidarity with Black Lives Matter, on a site where a bust of Christopher Columbus was once displayed in Detroit.

Local photographer Rosa María Zamarrón went viral over the Fourth of July weekend for her shots of Indigenous women standing at the former site of...

‘Becoming Dion’, a 6-part Podcast about Darryl DeAngelo Terrell’s performance/photo practice under the alter-ego DION. S...
07/01/2020
BECOMING DION

‘Becoming Dion’, a 6-part Podcast about Darryl DeAngelo Terrell’s performance/photo practice under the alter-ego DION. Sponsored by MoCADA Museum, the podcast talks influences, growing up Detroit, Music, Poetry, and includes a few stories. Tune in!

Terrell is a 2019 Documenting DETROIT Fellow.

https://mocada.org/podcasts/becoming-dion/

Listen to an audio diary based on a series of transformative days in the life of Dion as remembered by Detroit based BLK queer artist, digital curator, and writer, Darryl DeAngelo Terrell. Explore personal narratives, gender, and sexual identities and performance, the idea of American blackness, ide

06/29/2020

This week, the women of Documenting DETROIT are taking over the Women's Photo Alliance NYC Instagram account! This group, brought together across four years through an Emerging Photography Fellowship in Detroit, Michigan, searched their archives for images that reflect on women in leadership, and in times of hardship. These images were made in Detroit and Metro Detroit, we’ve curated them together, and we’re happy to share them with the @wpanyc community! Please follow along as we share our work! The work of Cydni Elledge starts us off!

“ On March 18th, 2020 at 9:20 p.m I gave birth to my son, Jameson. Little did I know, a better me was being birthed as well. Since then I’ve felt new. I now have a clean slate, similar to that of a New Year and I’m excited to embark on this inevitable journey of self-discovery. With this fresh start and new light in my life, I developed a strong desire to document some of these moments in a way that I haven’t done before, through self-portraits.”

https://www.instagram.com/p/CCCTR0jFsfJ/?igshid=1gqe6v3m04csf

Today on WDET 101.9FM, five Documenting DETROIT Alumni began diaries of life in these extraordinary times, with the tone...
04/20/2020
COVID Diaries: The Pause Between Moments

Today on WDET 101.9FM, five Documenting DETROIT Alumni began diaries of life in these extraordinary times, with the tone set by the words of Courtney Wise Randolph. Follow along with Amy Sacka, Darryl DeAngelo Terrell, Erik Howard, Rachel Elise Thomas and Rosa Maria Zamarron:

In the first installment of "COVID Diaries: Stories of Resilience," we asked five documentary photographers to share art that illustrated this week's assignment: "Take A Breath."

This winter, Amy Sacka, 2016 Documenting DETROIT Fellow, revisited the Great Lakes ice for National Geographic Magazine....
03/24/2020
The Great Lakes depend on ice. This winter, they barely froze.

This winter, Amy Sacka, 2016 Documenting DETROIT Fellow, revisited the Great Lakes ice for National Geographic Magazine. Her work published online today. Please take a look!

The region comes alive during winter. But both culture and the economy suffer when the cold doesn’t come.

The work of Steve Koss, 2016 Documenting DETROIT Fellow, is up on Blink’s platforms this week!! Spend some time on FB an...
02/27/2020

The work of Steve Koss, 2016 Documenting DETROIT Fellow, is up on Blink’s platforms this week!! Spend some time on FB and IG and check out his surrealist polaroids.

Each week our editors select compelling visual stories from creatives on the Blink network. This week we share photographer and artist Steve Koss's work titled “Maple Street and Other Troubled Places."

This project is comprised of a series of polaroids that depict surreal dioramas created from advertising, science fiction, historical and medical journals as well as other found imagery to reflect upon pop culture, history, and futuristic idealism.

Take a look at our IG: https://www.instagram.com/blinkdotla/

Otherwise, if you would like to connect with Steve: https://blink.la/u/stevekoss

Photo © Steve Koss, part of the Documenting DETROIT Fellowship

We have the great fortune of working with the absolute best team— Kathy Kieliszewski, Detroit Free Press Visuals Directo...
02/09/2020
NPPA honors outstanding visual journalists, educators, First Amendment fighters

We have the great fortune of working with the absolute best team— Kathy Kieliszewski, Detroit Free Press Visuals Director, Freep Film Festival Artistic Director, Mentor Extraordinaire for Documenting DETROIT, and FCDA Board Member “has won the NPPA - National Press Photographers Association Jim Gordon Editor of the Year Award. Her tireless work at the Detroit Free Press along with the creation and curation of the Freep Film Festival has helped elevate voices and great visuals. And her hard work has not gone unnoticed. Her knack for photo editing and seeking out the strengths of the photographer, being the gatekeeper and fighting for the time for her staff to do things right, and her commitment to having a staff reflect the community it covers are all exemplary leadership skills worthy of the Jim Gordon Editor of the Year Award.”

Totally incredible and WELL-DESERVED!!! We’re absolutely lucky to be able to work with her!!

😍 📸 🎞 💕

Athens, GA — Since the inaugural Joseph A. Sprague Memorial Award was given by the National Press Photographers Association in 1949, the organization has continued to recognize individuals for their special contributions to the NPPA and the wider field of visual journalism.

Our friends at The British Journal of Photography are less than 24 hours away from closing their Portrait of Humanity Aw...
12/17/2019
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Our friends at The British Journal of Photography are less than 24 hours away from closing their Portrait of Humanity Award application! Enter Portrait of Humanity 2020! Get seen by an industry-leading judging panel, including international curators, festival directors and photo editors at National Geographic and The Guardian. Deadline 18 December 2019 - 23:59 (UK Time): www.portraitofhumanity.co

Jarod Lew, 2016 Documenting DETROIT Fellow, captured the year-round Christmas spirit found at Bronners christmas a coupl...
12/16/2019
361 Days of Christmas

Jarod Lew, 2016 Documenting DETROIT Fellow, captured the year-round Christmas spirit found at Bronners christmas a couple hours north on I-75 for the The New York Times! It’s fun to see this Michigan attraction in national news. Happy holidays!

Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland, outside of Detroit, bills itself as the largest Christmas store in the world.

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