Patricia Lay-Dorsey


It’s very exciting to have Patricia joining us at Photostock this year! Having met at Photolucida in Portland last year, I knew right away that we had to get her up here. Her work, largely with a smartphone camera, is wonderful and her Instagram feed a pleasure. (@patricialaydorsey) You’ll see what we mean when she presents her work at this year’s event.

Born in Washington, DC in 1942, Detroit-based photographer Patricia Lay-Dorsey brings her training as a social worker and four decades in visual art to her humanistic photography. Patricia’s photo projects tell the intimate stories of people’s lives – including her own – as seen from the inside. Best known for “Falling Into Place,” a self portrait book that documents her day-to-day life with a disability, Patricia also turns her cameras – both her Canon DSLR and iPhone –  on subjects like life at home with Eddie, her husband of 50 years, and her 11 years at Movement Detroit electronic music festival where she is known worldwide as Grandma Techno. At Photostock 2016 Patricia plans to present slides of her work and discuss “The Personal in Personal Projects.”

Patricia’s photo essays have been featured on the NY Times Lens Blog, Huffington Post, Feature Shoot, BBC World Update and Newsweek Japan, among others. She has had solo exhibits in Michigan, New York, Massachusetts and China, and recently received the Critical Mass 2015 Rauschenberg Residency Award. named Patricia as the Michigan representative in their August 2015 feature, “Instagram Photographers To Follow In All 50 States.”

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