Darkroom Detroit seeks to expand the visual narratives made in Detroit, by Detroiters. As a 501(c)3 non-profit, we provide access to photography resources and education, and elevate photography and visual literacy in the greater Detroit area by exposing local talent and bringing new perspectives and talent to the city.
We encourage a new generation of local photographers to reclaim the narrative about their city, to tell honest stories from their own experiences, promoting the value and understanding of personal expression and visual storytelling through both analog and digital technologies.
MEET OUR TEAM
Javier Garcia, Executive Director
A photographer based in Detroit, Javier began with a hand-me-down 35mm Olympus and a roll of film. From there his passion for photography was born and led him to the digital studio work he works today. Never losing a love for the darkroom, he now is working to provide access and education to anyone willing to learn the process of shooting, processing, and developing film.
Eleanor Oakes, Founder + President
Eleanor is a photographic artist based in Detroit, MI, and is Assistant Professor of Photography at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. She is the recipient of an Applebaum Emerging Artist Residency at Ponyride, the Murphy and Cadogan Contemporary Art Award from the San Francisco Foundation, and the Anita Squires Fowler Award, among others. In 2015 she founded Darkroom Detroit with Hallam Stanton with the dream to make photography more accessible in the city of Detroit.
Millee Tibbs, Vice President
Millee is Associate Professor of Photography at Wayne State University. She holds an MFA in Photography from the Rhode Island School of Design, is the recipient of two MacDowell Colony fellowships, and multiple national and international artist residency awards. Millee’s work derives from her interest in photography’s ubiquity and the tension between its truth-value and inherent manipulation of reality. Her work has been published and exhibited internationally, most recently at Pingyao International Photography Festival, China, and at the George Eastman Museum, NY.
Angelique Harrison, Secretary
Angelique is a recent graduate from Wayne State University's College of Fine, Performing, and Communication Arts where she majored in Photography and Journalism. While in school, Angelique worked as a studio assistant maintaining the darkroom and digital labs, she additionally helped start the traveling photo gallery Temporary Contemporary at Wayne State University.
Hallam Stanton, Founder + Treasurer
Hallam is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, where he was a Geneva fellow and spent a semester working for the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. Previously, he worked in the energy industry both domestically and abroad. Although born and raised in the United Kingdom, he now calls Detroit home and currently serves as a legal clerk for the Michigan Supreme Court.
Trisha is a visual artist and photographer interested in the physical properties of the photographic print and the possibilities of its reproduction as a way to address the power of images in contemporary culture. Holt has shown her work nationally in New York, Detroit, Seattle, and Arkansas among others. In 2012, she received her Masters of Fine Art, Photography at Cranbrook Academy of Art. Her work is represented by the David Klein Gallery in Detroit, MI.
Chris is a photographer and currently runs a fine art printing and reproduction studio, Image Works, in Dearborn, MI. He received his BFA from Indiana University and MFA in Photography from the Hartford Art School’s Limited Residency Photography Program. Bennett founded and was the Director of Newspace Center for Photography in Portland, Oregon from 2002 to 2012 and served as its Gallery Director from 2012 to 2014.
He has exhibited his work in Detroit at The Scarab Club, Black Box Gallery and Subjectively Objective Gallery, as well as internationally at The Phoenix Art Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Ft. Wayne Museum of Art (IN), Center for Contemporary Art (Santa Fe, NM), Klompching Gallery (Brooklyn, NY), and Kominek Gallery (Berlin), among others.
Darkroom Detroit is grateful to its generous sponsors and partners: