“When the water crisis hit, I tried to do something for people,” White says. That was the genesis of The Folks of Flint…A Tribute, an exhibit of 58 large-print images of people from all walks of life from the area. The show is slated to open at the Capitol Theatre in the near future and ideally will move to other local venues afterward. Works in the exhibit can be seen on White’s website, www.danwhite.com.
White shot both “regular” people and people who are well-known in the community. “I chatted with them and found out who they were, then talked about how I’d photograph them,” he explains. “It’s more involved than just getting out the camera. It’s a complex process because you have to get the lighting just right. The beauty of it for me is the combination of people you know and the people who are more well-known.”
White is known for his use of light, as the photographs on his website attest. “The images have to have a certain quality. I have to use strobes and flashes to create the light.”
He gives credit where credit is due to those who have helped him along the way. “I had two interns from UM-Flint,” he says. “Will Alston was my right-hand person and he helped produce some of the images. In the second part of the process Kristen Trevarrow has been an invaluable help. Steve Landaal provided shipping for the prints, as well as being the projectʼs most ardent supporter, including fundraising and contributing financially. He’s been really helpful during the whole process. And I’m grateful to my funders.”
The project has been entirely funded by donations from local foundations, businesses and individuals under a 501(c)(3). Donors are Mott Community College, Flint Chamber, Community Foundation of Flint, Phil Shaltz of Shaltz Automation, The Hagerman Foundation, Kickstarter and long-term friends. Funding is still in process, with roughly $6,000 to $8,000 remaining. To view more photos, visit Whiteʼs website at www.danwhite.com.