One features vibrant, bold images taken by emerging Black photographers from across the world who are shaping a new narrative about Black art and fashion with their work. The other showcases the artwork of a renowned Detroit artist and educator whose career spans six decades.

Both are new exhibitions opening this weekend at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

“The New Black Vanguard: Photography between Art and Fashion,” which opens Friday, features more than 100 standout images shot by 15 Black photographers from all over the globe, exploring not just fashion and art but gender roles, sexuality, even hair. The show is curated by Antwaun Sargent, a Chicago-based writer and critic. A portion of the exhibition showcases images by six Detroit photographers.

“Antwaun talks about this exhibition establishing new narratives in the Black experience,” said Nancy Barr, the DIA’s curator of photography. “He feels this group of photographers specifically is sort

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Darkroom Detroit has resumed in-person film and photography workshops and classes. - PHOTO VIA JAVIER GARCIA

  • Photo via Javier Garcia
  • Darkroom Detroit has resumed in-person film and photography workshops and classes.

Non-profit photography agency Darkroom Detroit has resumed in-person workshops and classes for people of all ages and levels.

Classes include photography and software programming classes such as introduction to film photography, introduction to color and black and white film processing, film scanning workshop, photography basics workshop, Adobe Lightroom for beginners, introduction to Photoshop, and more.

Javier Garcia, Executive Director of Darkroom Detroit, says they have always offered classes and workshops, but had to go virtual once the pandemic hit.

“In February of last year we began offering all of our programming virtually and on a pay-what-you-can basis,” Garcia says. “We were pleased to find that we continued to fill these

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When all of the art fairs and showcases were canceled during the coronavirus pandemic, three Detroit women decided to create the Leaf and Blossom store, which serves as a space for artists to sell their artwork and products. 

Mother and daughter Lillian Li and Victoria Li, both of Grosse Pointe Shores, along with their friend, Maggie Mazzara, of Grosse Pointe Woods, are all local artists. They opened Leaf and Blossom, which also is a place for the public to participate in art classes. In the store, you can find anything from handmade birdhouses to photography, and even get a tarot card reading while you’re there. 

Leaf and Blossom co owners Lillian Li, 62, of Grosse Pointe, left, Maggie Massara, 72, of Grosse Pointe Woods and Victoria Li, 26, of Detroit stand out front of their Detroit store Wednesday, May, 5, 2021. The store opened in December of 2020 during the pandemic after art shows were being cancelled. The store supports local artists.

“I kind of figured — well, what if I do something that I like to do and have my own store,” said Victoria Li. “I originally was just going to sell tea, since I was a tea blender. But then we came across

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On a sunny spring day in Detroit, one staircase took center stage to host a variety of people looking to document the important milestones of their lives for one reason.

“Everyone knows if you have your photo taken in front of this, you’re going to look good. It just really compliments the photographs. It’s on par with the fountain on Belle Isle,” said Detroit Institute of Arts director of public programs Larry Baranski, about the marble-clad staircase at the rear of the Detroit Institute of Arts. 

“A lot of wedding parties seem to find it fun but actually it’s a very serious thing. It’s a fire escape,” said Baranski about the scissor staircase behind the Detroit Institute of Arts Auditorium that was built around 1925.

Rebecca McNally and husband, Sean McNally, of Trenton, pose for a photo as Rebecca's sister and bridesmaid Jackie Naik holds the veil for photographer Arthur Safarov on their wedding day on the staircase at the rear of the Detroit Institute of Arts on Saturday, June 19, 2021.
Bridal parties volley for positions as photographers prepare to take their photos on the staircase at the rear of the Detroit Institute of Arts on Saturday, June 19, 2021.

Bridal parties volley for positions as photographers prepare to take their photos on the staircase at the rear of the Detroit Institute of Arts on

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