Focus: HOPE Photography Festival

Detroit’s First Outdoor Photography Festival!

Celebrating Detroit’s Past, Present and Future Through the Lens of a Camera

Our students in the photography class with Capturing Belief will have photos showcased!


See and experience world-class photos 

Meet Detroit’s most established photographers 

Photography workshops and hands-on activities for all ages 

See HUGE photo projections on the historic Bell Building at night …and have your portrait taken to see YOUR face in lights!

Workshops and Artist Talks with:
– Gordon Alexander
– Judi Bommarito
– Josh Carroll
– Brian Day
– Gabriel Hall
– Asia Hamilton
– Shawn Lee
– Lesley Mason
– Jenny Risher
– Andria Watha
– Detroit Youth

Fun Hands-On Activities for adults and youth:
– Virtual Reality experiences
– Sun prints
– Interactive photo collage
– Outdoor portrait studio
– Polaroid cameras
– Photo booths

Photography exhibitions:
– Juried group show featuring over 30 Detroit-based photographers
– Brian Day
– Clark Park Coalition –
– The Face of HOPE Village
– Free Press photojournalists with a special tribute to photographer Hugh Grannum
– The Art Institute of Michigan
– PhotoVoice by HOPE Village residents

Night-time projections on the iconic MI Bell Building featuring:
– Images by over 50 Detroit-based photographers & other digital artists
– Documenting Detroit
– Darkroom Detroit
– Capturing Belief
– The 48 Hour Experience
– Power Shots by CBMA
– The Art Institute of Michigan
– Light art
– Animation

Live Music & Spoken Word performances (TBA)

Focus: On Detroit is produced by Focus: HOPE with major funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, as part of its Knight Arts Challenge, with additional funding from Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs, National Endowment for the Arts, The Peck Foundation, Christ Church Cranbrook, The Himmel Foundation, and The Kresge Foundation.


Jul 08 2024


12:00 am - 12:00 am


Hope Village
14150 Woodrow Wilson St

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