College for Creative Studies: Foundation


Judi Bommarito

Adjunct Faculty

BFA, College for Creative Studies

Judi Bommarito, Adjunct Faculty

Research Interests:

Photo documentation of the city of Detroit. Particularly interested in creating images that portray a visual narrative of hope and resilience amidst abandonment and decay.

Exploration of the visual narrative with the inclusion of photo compositing. The idea of “assembly” offers boundless possibilities.

Years spent as the lead mentor for the Focus:HOPE Excel after school photography program evolved into to the development of workshops which teach camera fundamentals, Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop.

Professional Experience:

Judi Bommarito is a Detroit based visual storyteller and documentary photographer. She's been an adjunct instructor at the College for Creative Studies since 1999, where she also earned her BFA. As a photographer, her work has received numerous awards both nationally and internationally. Her documentary series entitled “The SPACE Between The Cracks” poignantly addresses her mother’s struggle with mental illness and ultimately reveals the universal longing for love and acceptance. This series received a solo exhibition and was included in two group shows entitled "Nature/Nurture" at the Salisbury University Art Galleries and “Here Today” at the Center for Photography at Woodstock. This series has been the recipient of numerous awards, most notably, Grand Prize recognition by juror and American photographer, Mary Ellen Mark.

Whether documenting a person, building or landscape, Judi’s visual stories articulate a keen awareness to the passage of time and resonates the contemplation of the human condition.

Significant Publications/Presentations/Exhibitions:


  • Manifest International Photography Annual 7 (INPHA 7) 2020

  • Immigrantopolis - Editor and Curator Anna Fiń - Department of Sociology of Culture Pedagogical University of Cracow, Poland

  • “30 by 30” blog series by 30 women contemporary photographers

  • Featured Article in “Imprints” magazine for professional women photographers

  • “Polaroid Manipulations” by Kathleen Thormod Carr