Judi Bommarito is a Detroit based photographer and an adjunct instructor at the College for Creative Studies, where she also received her BFA. She also teaches at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center. Her poignant photo-documentary entitled “The SPACE Between The Cracks” artfully addresses her mother’s journey with mental illness. This series was featured in a solo exhibition and was included in the group show entitled "Nature/Nurture" at the Salisbury University Art Galleries. This series has been the recipient of numerous awards, most notably, Grand Prize recognition by juror and American photographer, Mary Ellen Mark. The insight gained from this series became the catalyst for her girl empowerment series entitled “Power Up the Girl.” This conceptual documentary series employs a fine art aesthetic juxtaposed with titles in the imperative which suggest that young girls can and should be pro-active in the direction of their future and that empowerment can be fostered through the honoring of self, the embrace of inner freedom, and the responsibility of being accountable for the impact of one's choices and actions.
Judi's series "Concealed Reality" includes her explorations of Detroit and documents her observations of beauty, symmetry and color amidst the undertone of abandonment rather than a representation of the decay which is often times depicted in images of Detroit.