Detroit, MI, USA
Janice Milhem is a visual journalist. She’s captured images of people at events, interacting with other humans, their environments and/or their relationships with their nonhuman possessions. She seeks to learn about people who are much different than her and to connect with them through a friendly-disarming demeanor. Her subjects come from a wide spectrum of lifestyles and communities mostly within urban city centers and other marginalized communities. “I’m drawn to learning and understanding more about my subjects, their lives, challenges, and points of view by way of thoughtful dialog and my camera lens”.
Although Milhem has no formal academic training as an artist or photographer, she believes what she has learned from the business world also applies to an artist’s craft. She’s spent the better part of her career in sales and marketing crafting communications with the goal of capturing attention and drawing a consumer/viewer to action. Her business acumen has given her the tools and discipline to create and deliver projects with themes that are highly- focused, relevant and inspiring.
In addition to her recent fellowship with Documenting Detroit, she has received awards for her work both regionally and internationally. She’s also been featured in the press for her work. American Society of Media Photographers, Best of 2018, Neutral Density Award and PDN - Photo District News.
Milhem’s goal long term is to dive deeper into storytelling as an art form and to enrich one’s understanding and compassion of life around us - appreciate the differences that may divide us and those that help bring us closer together.