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Darkroom Detroit Preface: Arist Panel Discussion

  • Grand On River 5001 Grand River Avenue Detroit, MI, 48208 United States (map)

On the eve of Darkroom Detroit's Grand Opening Celebration we bring together three photographers to have a conversation about their work and vulnerability through representation: Kris Graves, Amy Elkins and Darryl DeAngelo Terrell.

Using photography and portraiture of themselves or others, their images all tell different stories about the complexity of the self and our perception through images. Their photographs depict individuals or groups that are frequently marginalized by society, offering a counter point to the dominant narrative shown through centuries of historical portraiture.

Darryl Terrell (b. 1991) is a queer African-American artist whose primary practice is photography. Currently based in Detroit, Terrell received an MFA in Photography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a BA from Wayne State University. Darryl’s work deals with body image, black masculinity, queer identity, and the black family structure. Pulling from influences he observed growing up on the Eastside of Detroit, Michigan, Darryl’s work is also a reflection of popular culture traversed through media such as music, movies, and other similarly related sources.

Kris Graves (b. 1982 New York, NY) is a photographer and publisher based in New York and London. He received his BFA in Visual Arts from S.U.N.Y. Purchase College and has been published and exhibited globally, including the National Portrait Gallery in London, England; Aperture Gallery, New York; University of Arizona, Tucson; Blue Sky Gallery in Portland, Oregon; Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania; among others. 

Amy Elkins (b .1979 Venice, CA) is a photographer currently based in the Greater Los Angeles area. She received her BFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She has been exhibited and published both nationally and internationally, including at Kunsthalle Wien in Vienna, Austria; the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, AZ; Aperture Gallery and Yancey Richardson Gallery in New York, among others. She was awarded the Aperture Prize and the Latitude Artist-in-Residence in 2014 and The Peter S. Reed Foundation Grant in 2015. Elkins' first book "Black is the Day, Black is the Night" was Shortlisted for the 2017 Mack First Book Award, the 2016 Paris Photo Aperture Foundation Photobook Prize aand listed as one of the Best Photobooks of 2016 by TIME, Humble Arts Foundation, Photobook Store Magazine and Photo-Eye among others.

Event information

Earlier Event: July 14
Documenting Detroit
Later Event: February 17
Glitter King