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 BOARD
Javier Garcia, President
A photographer based in Detroit, Garcia 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 does 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.
Joanna Dueweke-Perez, Vice President
Dedicated to helping Detroit’s neighborhoods thrive, Dueweke is Program Manager for ProsperUS Detroit where she fosters relationships, empowers entrepreneurs, and supports community development. Before ProsperUS, she achieved her Master of Library and Information Science from Wayne State University and was an information advocate and community activist at Detroit SOUP. She has served as Senior Associate Editor for The Awesome Mitten, and participated in community projects working with small businesses and nonprofits planning events and creating greater accessibility for Detroiters.
Millee Tibbs, Treasurer
Tibbs 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. Tibbs’ 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
Harrison 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, Harrison 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.
Eleanor Oakes, Founder + Executive Director
Oakes is a photographic artist based in Detroit, MI. 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. She is a lecturer at Oakland University and Wayne State University. In 2015 she founded Darkroom Detroit with Hallam Stanton with the dream to make photography more accessible in the city of Detroit.
Hallam Stanton, Founder
Stanton is a recent 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 Holt 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.
Juan Carlos Dueweke-Perez
Juan Carlos Dueweke-Pérez is an immigrant, social entrepreneur, photographer, and futurist. He is driven by social behavior, interpersonal connection, equity, and transparency. His work has developed through his company, Featherstone Moments, from content development to public relationships for minority-owned businesses and believes his biggest impact is providing trust and resourcefulness.
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