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Documentary Photographer and Project Manager
Razi Jafri
2038 CASL Building
4901 Evergreen Rd
Dearborn, MI 48128

Biography and Education

Razi is a documentary photographer and filmmaker whose work focuses on religion, culture, politics, and the changing American cultural landscape. In his current role as photographer and project manager at the Center for Arab American Studies, he will be working alongside colleagues Sally Howell and Osman Khan on a collaborative multimedia project called “Halal Metropolis” about Muslim visibility in southeast Michigan.

Razi’s additional projects include a documentary film called “Hamtramck, USA,” which examines the benefits and tensions of multiculturalism and diversity through the lens of Hamtramck’s 2017 elections. Razi is an alumnus of the University of Michigan-Dearborn where he received a bachelor's degree in engineering.

Awards and Recognition

2016 Documenting Detroit Fellowship in Documentary Photography and Photojournalism

2016 Civilla Fellowship in Human Centered Design

2018 New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Immigrant Artists Fellowship

2018 Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) Documentary Fund Award for Hamtramck, USA

2019 Mentor in Kartemquin Films Diverse Voices in Docs (DVID) Fellowship

2019 Salzburg Global Fellowship for Young Cultural Innovators

2020 The Knight Foundation Fellowship at the Sundance Film Festival


Member for
1 year 8 months
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