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Brian Day (b. 1977) is a third generation Detroit native. He discovered photography through the suggestion of a colleague and began exploring documentary and fine art projects around the city using film and digital cameras. Day cites as early influences the work of Ansel Adams, Gordon Parks, Michael Kenna, Alexander Rodchenko, and Joel Meyerowitz, to name a few.

His work has been exhibited both locally and internationally, and published in Scientific American, Hour Detroit, Esquire, Smithsonian, CNN, The Detroit Free Press, The Detroit News, and Metro Times, among others. He was awarded a Documenting Detroit Fellowship in 2016, and was a recipient of the Michigan Chronicle’s Men of Excellence award in 2017, which recognizes creative and influential personalities making a positive impact on the city of Detroit. His recent series Detroit From Above has been much acclaimed and won First Place in Architecture at the International Photography Awards in 2018.


Brian Day

"You think you know Detroit - until you see it from a new perspective. The built environment becomes a concrete tapestry when viewed from above, and familiar landmarks become abstract, revealing the artistry of architecture and civil engineering."

- Brian Day