Knight Arts Challenge Finalist

We are very happy and grateful to announce that Capturing Belief/ S.A.Y. Detroit is a finalist with 61 other great projects for the Knight Arts Challenge Detroit.

We proposed Space Invaders: an intensive mentorship experience for young African-American photographers from underserved communities with established multidisciplinary artists who look like them to inspire compositions born from invading the physical and emotional spaces that define the city. We are very grateful and proud to be working with very passionate and dedicated artists on this project who believe in sharing their experience and are committed to investing themselves into the lives of young Detroiters.
Thank you Claretha Peace Bell Sydney G. James Shaun Rucker Shannon Cason Ndubisi Okoye for being the fuel of this project.
Thank you Jo-Ann Barnas Taylor for fine tuning and making our application sing and SAY Detroit Play Center for being great partners.

Never Forget The Pain gets recognized with an Emmy Award.

The short documentary "Never Forget The Pain" that I filmed and produced last year was recently recognized with an Emmy Award, a First Place in Digital Media Presentation from the Society of Professional Journalists, Best Video and Best Multimedia Storytelling from Michigan Associated Press Media Editors’ 2018 newspaper contest.

The film is about artist Justin Newman's 10-year opioid addiction and his journey to recovery. To see some of Justin’s artwork check out his IG @iamjustinnewman

You can see the short film below.

“The winds of Maria have gone. The direct hits are past. But the hurricane is still inside people, inside of families.”

Have a look at the reporting my colleague Phoebe Wall Howard and I did in Puerto Rico 11 months after Hurricane Maria devastated the island.
"This is the story of the emotional toll a massive disaster takes on the lives of Americans living on an island the size of Connecticut, what happens when they feel abandoned, and a charity that won’t leave no matter what. It is the story of lives shredded by trauma and lives saved with treatment."

See the photo essay and a short video below.

The life of Chika

This short film I produced with Kathy Kieliszewski and Mitch Albom was recognized with an Emmy a few weeks ago. It recounts the life of Chika and her battle against a brain tumor.

Detroit Free Press columnist and author Mitch Albom, who operates the Have Faith Haiti orphanage where young Chika lived, brought her to America after she got sick, thinking a short treatment would allow her to return to live among her fellow children.

The Have Faith Haiti Mission does some great work raising and educating orphan Haitian youth. If so inclined you can support them as well as the Chika fund.

Opening night at Blue Sky

Thank you to the 1000 people who attended the opening night of The Tyranny of Hope at Blue Sky gallery in Portland, OR last week. Thank you to Exhibitions Manager Zemie Barr and the exhibition committee for helping me share a slice of Detroit with Portland. Thank you Christopher Rauschenberg and Janet Stein for your encouragement, support and tips on where to get a good lava cake!

Also thank you to Photolucida for being the real deal and helping photographers get good exposure. This show came from Blue Sky's exhibition committee seeing the work during an initial round at Critical Mass. And I did not even make the top 50 that year!

The morning of the opening as I was walking through the streets of Portland i was struck but the sound of Martin Watkinson's cello. He graciously joined us and played a set inspired by the photographs from The Tyranny of Hope. Martin was joined by Cherita Meadow on vocals.

A finally a great thank you to White House Custom Color for their sponsorship and beautiful prints.

The Tyranny of Hope at Blue Sky Gallery in Portland, OR.

If you are in Portland, OR on Thursday Nov. 5th, 2015 please stop by for the opening reception (6-9pm.) I will also be there at 5pm to converse with you.

The show runs through the month of November. Tuesday - Sunday, 12 - 5 pm
First Thursday 6 - 9 pm, 122 NW 8th Avenue,, Portland, Oregon 97209 USA, 503-225-0210

Also do not miss Photographer Thomas Gardiner who is showing at the gallery with me and will give a talk on Friday, Nov. 6 at noon.

PhotoWorld 2014

If you are in New York City check out the New York Photo Festival. Some of my work about Detroit is finalist in PhotoWorld 2014 and will be exhibited with many others from around the world. Opening reception at The POWERHOUSE Arena Friday, September 26, from 6-8 pm, on the opening day of the Dumbo Arts Festival.
The exhibition will be in view through November 10.

Living With Murder receives an Edward R. Murrow Award.

The Documentary "Living With Murder" gets recognized with a National Edward R. Murrow Award in the online video documentary category of the Radio Television Digital News Association. The award, named after longtime broadcast journalist Edward. R. Murrow, has honored outstanding achievement in electronic journalism – radio, television, and digital media -- since 1971.

The documentary was also recently selected as a finalist in the multimedia category of the New York Photo Awards.

Living With Murder gets recognized

The documentary Living With Murder was recently recognised with the following honors:

Best of Photojournalism: Best use of the web, 3rd place.

National Association of Black Journalists: 2012 Salute to Excelence Digital Media award.

2012 New York Photo Festival: Invitational Multimedia Winner.

We also were nominated for an Emmy by the Michigan Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences 

2012 National Headliner Awards.

Romain Blanquart, Kathy Kieliszewski and Suzette Hackney took first place in the Online Videography category and Best in Show for Online with their documentary "Living with Murder."



LaTonya Brooks lives with murder. As a homicide detective in the overburdened Detroit police department, she feels the pressure: the weight of too many cases, the frustration of not catching all the killers and the outrage over the random nature of the violence that plagues Detroit's streets.
LaTonya also knows that no one is immune -- her own father was murdered last year in a firebombing.
As a co-worker searches for her father’s killer, LaTonya investigates the murder of DeMonte Thomas, a young father gunned down at he sat in a chair at a neighborhood barbershop.
The same bullet that killed DeMonte also pierced the hearts of his mother, sister, fiancée, brother, daughter and friends.
The year following DeMonte’s death is one of frustration and sorrow for his family. His young daughter wonders if her daddy will ever come home, and his mother wonders how she can go on living without her son.
The sorrow of LaTonya and of DeMonte’s family mirrors that of a city that has lost over 3,300 people to homicide since 2003 -- more than have died among U.S. forces in 10 years of fighting in Afghanistan.
The enormity of Detroit's struggle with homicides can overwhelm people who want to fight back to protect their neighborhoods. Solutions seem to be beyond any one person's ability to make a difference. The frustration and violence leave one of America’s great cities “Living with Murder.”


Executive Producers
Romain Blanquart
Kathy Kieliszewski

Romain Blanquart
Suzette Hackney
Kathy Kieliszewski

Lead reporter
Suzette Hackney

Romain Blanquart

Lead videographer
Romain Blanquart

Romain Blanquart

Video editor
Romain Blanquart

Script writers
Romain Blanquart
Suzette Hackney
Kathy Kieliszewski

Joe Palmer

All songs composed, programmed,
arranged and produced by
Nick Speed for Nix Productions



Bob Seger

A photograph I took a few years ago of Bob Seger at a Detroit show is being used as his main promo image for his last tour.