Ali Lapetina is a photographer and educator based in Detroit, Michigan. Her work explores stories of transition - focusing on immigrant and refugee integration and longtime residents living within post-industrial cities in America.  Ali graduated from the College for Creative Studies in 2013 with a BFA in Photography and a minor in Advertising Design. In 2014, she founded Women of Banglatown, an all women’s community space offering free art activities for young girls and income generating activities for Bangladeshi women in Detroit.  


2008-2013     College for Creative Studies - BFA Photography, minor Advertising Design


2017        Emerging Photographer Award - PDN
2017        New York Times Portfolio Review
2016        Documenting Detroit, Selected Photographer
2015        Associated Press - Michigan, Best Spot Photojournalism
2015        Detroit Future City - Grant for Women of Banglatown
2015        New Colossus - Grant for Women of Banglatown
2014        Ford Community Foundation - Grant for Women of Banglatown
2013        College for Creative Studies - Grant for exhibition of “Sisterhood”


2017        “A Home Abroad” - Hatch Art (Hamtramck, Michigan)
2014        “Burnside” - Trinosophes (Detroit, Michigan)


2016        “Listening Spirit: Five Years of Burnside Farm” -  Second Street Gallery (Charlottesville, Virginia)
2016        “Facing Change, Documenting Detroit” - Detroit Institute of the Arts  (Detroit, Michigan)
2015        “DAM/CCS Scholarship Exhibit” - Detroit Artist Market (Detroit, Michigan)
2015        “Rooting (India): The Knowledge Project” - Kochi Biennale (Kochi, India)
2014        “Farmer as Creative” - Work Gallery (Ann Arbor, MI)
2014        “313” - Detroit Artist Market (Detroit, Michigan)
2014        “Paradigm” - Knight Gallery (Detroit, Michigan)
2013        “Polaroid BBY” - North End Studios (Detroit, Michigan)
2013        “Peculiar State” - Valade Gallery (Detroit, Michigan)
2013        “Family”- Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography (Detroit, Michigan)
2010-13   “Student Exhibition” - College for Creative Studies (Detroit, Michigan)


2017        Detroit Public Television - “Detroit Performs, Ali Lapetina”
2017        Blog, Global Detroit - “The organic nature of organizing and gardening”
2016        @everdaymotorcity - “A home Abroad”
2015        Grand Circus Magazine - “Deep Roots, New Growth”
2014        Michigan Radio - “A day in the life of Detroit after bankruptcy”
2014        C Magazine - “Art and Urban Farming”
2014        Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography - “Bengali Gardens”


Le Monde, New York Times, National Geographic, Grand Circus Magazine, The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Detroit Free Press, Michigan Radio,
Cosmopolitan, Ralph C. Wilson Jr Foundation, New Economy Initiative, Detroit Achievement Academy, Echo Detroit, Shinola


2017        CreativeMornings (Detroit, Michigan) - Guest Speaker
    College for Creative Studies (Detroit, Michigan) - Guest Speaker
2015        Arab American Museum, SURA - Youth Photography Workshops
2014-16   Women of Banglatown (Detroit, Michigan) - Founder, Community Art Space
2014        Holding House (Detroit, Michigan) - Young Adult Photography Workshop
2013-15   Community Arts Partnership (Detroit, Michigan) - After school Photography