Ali Lapetina is a documentary photographer and educator based in Detroit, Michigan. With a sensitive approach and long term dedication, her personal work explores stories of immigrant and underrepresented communities navigating daily life in America. 

She is also the founder and director at Women of Banglatown, an all women's community arts organization that offers free programing for neighborhood girls and income generating activities for immigrant women in Hamtramck, Michigan. 


2008-13     College for Creative Studies - BFA Photography


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 Foundation - Grant for Women of Banglatown
2013        College for Creative Studies - Grant for “Sisterhood”


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


2017        “Facing Change, Documenting Detroit” - Dlectricity (Detroit, Michigan)
2017        “Facing Change, Documenting Detroit” - Photoville  (Brooklyn, New York)
2017         "Diversity" - Boll Family YMCA (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”


Washington Post, 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, City of Detroit


2017        CreativeMornings (Detroit, Michigan) - Guest Speaker
    College for Creative Studies (Detroit, Michigan) - Guest Speaker
2015        Arab American Museum, SURA - Youth Photography Workshops
2014-17   Women of Banglatown (Detroit, Michigan) - Founder, Community Art Organization
2014        Holding House (Detroit, Michigan) - Young Adult Photography Workshop
2013-15   Community Arts Partnership (Detroit, Michigan) - After school Photography