Join Detroit-based artist and photographer Razi Jafri and UM Professors Rebecca Wollenberg and Yasmin Moll on a photo documentary tour of Muslim spaces in Detroit and Hamtramck, home to one of America’s most diverse Muslim communities. Muslims have lived for generations in this city, which continues to attract new Muslim residents. You will photograph the places and people that make Islam come alive in this multi-ethnic city, learning how to use images as storytelling mediums. Your images will be exhibited on campus at the end of the term.

Who can participate?
Any LSA student.

When is the lecture and workshop scheduled?
Razi will give on campus a presentation about his visual work on Monday September 23 from 1-2:30 pm (NUB 1505) and will hold the workshop for interested students Wednesday September 25 from 1-2:30 pm (West Hall 111).

When is the photo-documentary tour scheduled and how will we get there?
Sunday October 6, from 11:30 am to approximately 6 pm, departing from and returning to central campus. Please note that the tour will involve walking.

I don’t have a camera-enabled phone or a camera. Can I still participate?
Yes, we will have a number of cameras available to borrow from the University.

I don’t know how to take photos. Can I do this?
Yes, you will receive training in the basics of photography during the workshop on September 25.

What we will do in Hamtramck?
Led by Razi, we will visit a number of sites – from grocery stores to restaurants to mosques – that showcase Muslim urban life. We will take photos at each site. We will also have lunch at a local Yemeni restaurant.

Who is Razi Jafri?
Razi Jafri is a Detroit-based artist, documentary photographer and filmmaker whose work focuses on ethnicity, religion, culture, immigration, democracy, and the changing cultural landscape in America. Razi’s work has been featured in National Geographic, National Public Radio, the Detroit Free Press and Michigan Radio. He was recently named a member of the New York Foundation for the Arts Immigrants Artists Mentorship Program.

How do I sign up?
By sending an email to Professor Yasmin Moll at

Space is limited so if you are interested in this, sign up soon and by September 24.