I am a Detroit-based independent visual journalist.
My fascination in photography began with a disposable Walgreens camera in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Being fairly young, I aimlessly attempted to capture the people, color and light around me. Now, I specialize in documentary photography, videography and portraiture. My work aims to intimately show aspects of humanity intersecting with economic and social issues.
I have been published in The New York Times, CNN, US News and World Report, Bloomberg, Education Week, Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News. I graduated from Ithaca College with a B.A. degree in Documentary Studies, attended the Eddie Adams Workshop XXVII in 2014 and the Missouri Photo Workshop in 2015.
Currently based in Detroit, MI and available for assignments.
2017 - Michigan Press Photographers Association, 2017 - Michigan Press Photographers Association, 2016 - Michigan Press Photographers Association, 2014 - Eddie Adams Workshop Colton Family Award recipient
Lourdes Salazar Bautista puts her hands to her heart as she expresses concern for her children, moments after leaving the meeting confirming her deportation order on Monday, July 31, 2017 outside the ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations Office in Detroit, Michigan, USA. Bautista had been granted continued stays of deportation after her husband was deported to care for her children. She lived with her family in Michigan for 20 years. Unwilling to leave her two youngest children behind, they traveled to Toluca, Mexico. Bautista’s eldest daughter was left in the United States. Bautista is reunited with her husband and the children’s father, who was deported seven years ago. The family, once under a shared home, is fractured between two countries.
Bryan Quintana-Salazar, 13, throws torn-up paper from family documents into a fire on Friday, July 28, 2017 at his home in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. Anticipating his mother's deportation, the family burned important documents they no longer needed.
From left, Lourdes Salazar Bautista and her family friend Leonor Kromis, both of Ann Arbor, look for the city Bautista's husband lived in while they were separated on a map of Mexico on Monday, July 31, 2017 at the Consulate General of Mexico in Detroit, Michigan, USA. Bautista's husband, Luis Quintana Chaparro, lived in San Nicolás, Mexico, a small village where Bautista does not think she can find work for herself or schooling for her children.