Brian Day (b. 1977) is a third generation Detroit native. He discovered photography through the suggestion of a colleague and began exploring documentary and fine art projects around the city using film and digital cameras. Day cites as early influences the work of Gordon Parks, Garry Winogrand, and Alexey Titarenko, to name a few.
His work has been exhibited both locally and internationally, and published in The Wall Street Journal, Scientific American Magazine, Esquire Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, CNN, The Detroit Free Press, The Detroit News, Hour Detroit Magazine, and Metro Times, among others. He was awarded a Documenting Detroit Fellowship in 2016, and was a recipient of the Michigan Chronicle’s Men of Excellence award in 2017, which recognizes creative and influential personalities making a positive impact on the city of Detroit. His recent series Detroit From Above has been much acclaimed and won First Place in Architecture at the International Photography Awards in 2018. In 2020, Day was commissioned by Apple to photograph a feature entitled, Hometown: Detroit. In 2021, Day’s work was added to the collection of the Detroit Institute of Arts and he was awarded the Kresge Arts in Detroit Fellowship in Visual Arts. Day also contributes to the community through his work as Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, and holds a Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, in Health Informatics.