Judi Bommarito is a Detroit-based fine art and documentary photographer. She has been an adjunct instructor at the College for Creative Studies since 1999, where she also earned her BFA. She takes great pride in her years as the lead mentor of the Focus:HOPE Excel after school photography program as well as the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center.
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 was featured in a solo exhibition at the Museum of Photography and New Media in Detroit. Selections were included in two group shows entitled “Here Today” at the Center for Photography at Woodstock and "Nature/Nurture" at the Salisbury University Art Galleries. This project has also been the recipient of numerous awards, most notably, Grand Prize recognition by juror and American photographer, Mary Ellen Mark.
The insight gained from “The SPACE Between the Cracks” became the catalyst for the artist’s girl-empowerment series entitled “Power Up the Girl.” This conceptual documentary collection employs a fine art aesthetic juxtaposed with titles in the “imperative mood” 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 current 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 city’s decay which is often emphasized in contemporary depictions of Detroit.
Whether documenting a person, building or landscape, Judi’s work articulates a keen awareness of the passage of time and invokes a contemplation of the human condition.
Judi’s time is also spent at her Birmingham studio, True North Camera Arts, where she produces camera-based workshops as well as family legacy videos. The inception of the two services offered under the umbrella of True North Camera Arts is the embodiment of Judi’s two-part dedication to her life-long journey fostering creativity through teaching and fostering healing through the process of artistic documentation.