Zackary Canepari / Berkeley, California

Zackary Canepari(USA, 1979) is a visual storyteller working in a variety of different mediums. He began his career as a photojournalist in India/Pakistan before teaming with filmmaker Drea Cooper in 2010 and launching "California is a place," a documentary film series which screened at Sundance and was viewed more than two million times. The California series created new opportunities in both the commercial space and the editorial space for Canepari’s work and led to the project that first sent him to Flint, Michigan. The documentary feature film "T-Rex," also co-directed by Drea Cooper, told the story of teenage Olympic boxer and Flint native, Claressa "T-Rex" Shields. "T-Rex" premiered at SXSW in March 2015 and was featured on PBS in August 2016. Canepari then released his first monograph about Flint, titled "REX," which was published byContrasto and won Photobook of the Year at the POYi Awards. In 2016, he launched "Flint is a place," a sort of version 2.0 to the California project. "Flint is a place" consists of reportage,

short films, found photos, virtual reality, interactive maps, and archival material. Canepari’s ongoing work in Flint resulted in his first World Press Photo Award and being named asMultimedia Photographer of the Year at the POYi Awards in 2016."Flint is a place" is funded bya Guggenheim Fellowship and willbe completed by the end of 2018.

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Locals participate in an environmental rally and a sermon at the First Trinity Missionary Baptist Church with Flint Mayor Karen Weaver, celebrity Russell Simmons and a number of national Pastors. There have been a number of high profile celebrities coming to Flint since the Water Crisis became national news.
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Police lights shine on abandoned homes next a homicide scene. The shootout took place on Flint's North side, on a particularly ominous intersection. Police sirens lit up abandoned homes on each corner. Deflated balloons from previous homicide memorials hung limply from street signs. It was a windy night and the police cones meant to mark bullet casings kept blowing down the street, detectives trying to chase them down.
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Found photos dug out of abandoned homes in Flint, Michigan. Flint has the highest rate of abandoned homes in the United States and often the last residents have left tons of personal possessions behind. Relics of better days.
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I'm like, "I don't care for Obama." Everybody gets so mad. "How can you not care for Obama? He was greatest man, the greatest president, blah, blah, blah." And they all always bring up the fact he black, ain't got nothing to do with me, if he ain't did nothing for me, he's just like the rest of them… he just like them.” Mattek, 19.
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One year old Hazel Eilber is given a bath by her grandmother Sabrina. Sabrina only baths Hazel in bottled water because she fears that even touching the tap water could make her sick. Out of habit, Sabrina did use the tap water recently and half way through the bath panicked and yanked Hazel out while pouring bottled water over her to rinse the tap water away.
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Boxer Ardreal "Bossman" Holmes trains at Gallo Boxing Gym in Lansing, Michigan. Holmes is the boyfriend of Olympic Gold Medal Boxer Claressa "T-Rex" Shields and is also training to compete for his spot in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
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The iconic Vehicle City sign hangs over the entrance to Downtown Flint. The city doesn’t make vehicles any more but the pride of being the birthplace of General Motors still permeates amongst the residents.
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Found photos dug out of abandoned homes in Flint, Michigan. Flint has the highest rate of abandoned homes in the United States and often the last residents have left tons of personal possessions behind. Relics of better days.
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The Northwestern High School dance team performs during half time of the first football game of the season. As the population of Flint declines so does school enrollment. It’s gotten to the point that the city is considering consolidating all the remaining students into one high school.
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"I had to have a conversation with my son when Trevon Martin got killed. He was only like four years old… he asked me why did the dude get killed for having on a hoodie? Daddy I can't wear hoodies no more? I'm like no that ain't the whole situation. Don't think that because this guy had on a hoodie that you can't wear a hoodie. So you just have to deal with your situation as it come." Coach Diante Flint, Michigan
Northwestern Prom 2016
Chadelle Richardson (18) Northwestern High School Prom. Flint, Michigan. May 2016.
Northwestern Prom 2016
Right: Tonea Mckneal (17) Left: Tamereus Kent (19) Northwestern High School Prom. Flint, Michigan. May 2016.
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Students from Northwestern High School from Flint, Michigan share a personal moment at their 2017 Prom Dance on the Detroit Princess Riverboat.
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Olympic Gold Medal Boxer Claressa "T-Rex" Shields, 20, at Gallo Boxing Gym in Lansing, Michigan.
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Keoshi isn’t your average teenage mom. She’s in school studying to be a nurse. She works 5 days a week. @jessicadimmock and I met her when she was 7 months pregnant and running for prom queen. Her dad told her, “we’re going to break the cycle.” So far so good…
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Found photos dug out of abandoned homes in Flint, Michigan. Flint has the highest rate of abandoned homes in the United States and often the last residents have left tons of personal possessions behind. Relics of better days.
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Briana Shields (in the back), 18, holds her little boy Fatdaddy (real name Bradford) in her bedroom in The Villa, a housing complex in North Flint. Briana's cousin Coco and Coco's little girl Lani are also pictured. Briana and Fatdaddy only lived there for about 6 months before they had to move back in with Briana's mom. At the time this photo was taken, Fatdaddy's father was in prison.
Flint, Michigan from a dirty plane window.  November 2015.
Flint, Michigan from a dirty plane window. November 2015.
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Claressa Shields (R), 20, sits on the couch with her boyfriend Adrell Holmes moments after an unknown gunman fired 6 shots into their families home in Flint, Michigan. The next day the Olympic Gold Medalist Shields moved out of Flint for the first time in her life to Colorado. June 2015
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Fatdaddy looks out the window of his grandmother's house in Flint. The windows are plastic because the house next door was burnt down during Halloween and the heat destroyed the windows on the house of the grandmother.