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Zackary Canepari

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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 by Contrasto 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 as Multimedia Photographer of the Year at the POYi Awards in 2016.  "Flint is a place" is funded by a Guggenheim Fellowship and will be completed by the end of 2018.

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