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Framed by WDET– Photographs and stories from Detroit

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Image credit: Kenny Karpov for "Framed by WDET"

Framed by WDET” tells the stories of communities who have a rich legacy in Detroit through photography and audio stories.

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From long-time residents who are preserving a southern blues tradition to neighbors who share Middle Eastern cuisine, Framed by WDET tells the stories of communities who have a rich legacy in Detroit, but are often under- or misrepresented in the media. Tune in this summer to CultureShift as we explore this series and subscribe to learn about what’s next!

Framed by WDET has been displayed in over 20 art spaces, features over 160 printed photographs, and includes the voices of nearly 100 individuals who live in metro Detroit.

Kenny Karpov for Framed by WDET 101.9 FM
Kenny Karpov for Framed by WDET 101.9 FM

This project is a dynamic experience that reflects local culture from the perspective of communities and local artists who call Detroit home.

As Detroit’s public radion station, WDET’s goals through this project are to lift a diversity of voices, highlight the work of Detroit-based artists, and preserve the stories of deeply-rooted communities who have contributed to the cultural vibrancy of a rapidly changing city.

Going beyond the lens of decay and revitalization, Framed by WDET offers a balanced perspective to the mainstream media’s common narrative about what is happening in Detroit. It explores a notion of something beautiful and worthwhile about living in Detroit– the places and moments that people share with one another.


Take a look at the featured communities and artists in this series:

  1. Sundays at The Carpet House: An award-winning feature about long-time residents who are preserving the “dirty” blues through a weekly grassroots music jam in Detroit. [Amy Sacka & Laura Herberg, 2015]

  2. Hummus Heartland: A collection of stories about Detroit’s ubiquitous Middle Eastern food culture. [Marvin Shaouni & Zak Rosen, 2017]

  3. Bubble Metropolis: Portraits and memories from contemporary underground dance communities in Detroit. [Corine Vermeulen & Conor Anderson, 2017]

  4. Beyond Balkanization: Voices of Balkan communities who have woven their cultural threads into the tapestry of southeast Michigan. [Rob St. Mary & Doug Coombe, 2017]

  5. The Sweet Science: Stories about strength and limitless possibility that feature the voices of the youth at Downtown Boxing Gym in Detroit. [Cydni Elledge & Laura Weber-Davis, 2017]

  6. Delray– Beyond Isolation: A look inside the daily life of normal people who are living in a small, isolated Detroit neighborhood that is experiencing change. [Kenny “Karpov” Corbin & Laura Herberg, 2014]

  7. Home on the Range: Images and personal narratives that explore family, responsibility, and human connection with the natural world. [Sean Work & Shelby Jouppi, 2017]

  8. Rolling Canvases: A celebration of automotive art and design from the lowrider community in Southwest Detroit. [Erik Paul Howard & Martina Guzmán, 2016]

  9. The Dress Show: A window into Hamtramck’s Bangladeshi community through the lens of its (many) cultural dress shop owners. [Kenny “Karpov” Corbin & Courtney Hurtt, 2014]

  10. Hair Capital of the World: Memorable moments and images about  Detroit’s hair legacy and culture. [Justin Milhouse & Shannon Cason, 2016]


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Framed by WDET 101.9 FM

This post is a part of Framed by WDET 101.9 FM.

A series of traveling audio-visual exhibitions that integrate photography and audio storytelling to present the stories of ethnic and cultural communities throughout the Detroit region. Produced by WDET 101.9 FM.

Supported by individual contributions, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, National Endowment for the Arts, The Kresge Foundation, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and our series sponsors.



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