Terrell Groggins

United States
Terrell Groggins is a Detroit -based film maker and photographer whose work explores stereotypes of race and gender, action photography with an emphasis on boxing.

Groggins is known domestically and internationally for his compelling coverage of boxing and social injustice in Detroit Mi. His observant understanding of the human condition informs his vision on the African diaspora.

Beyond photographing, he dedicates significant time developing his film making career as a director. Since 2008, he has worked as a financial advisors for educators in Michigan, and is a pillar in the community mentoring youth. Groggins' compassion and commitment to young people is deeply rooted to growing up in a single parent home but living on a block where everyone looked out for each other. His mother and grandmother, Edna, raised him to the best of their abilities but when family was not present, it was the local neighborhood of grounded men that filled in to make sure he wouldn’t fail in life.

His journey to becoming a photographer first began when he started taking photos with his neighbor’s mother, who was a Japanese teacher with a world perspective extending outside of Detroit.

In 2012, desperate to find value in life after years of grieving his younger brother’s death in 2008, he picked up a camera and found joy, passion and the fulfillment. Through photography, Groggins learned he could do all the things that were important to him (education, empowerment, activism, inspire others, author history, create art, fashion, travel, meet new people and work for himself).

A self taught photographer with no former training, Groggins has catapulted from an unfamiliar name to being sought after for his signature photographic style. The same year, Terrel founded his photography company and brand “ My Art My Rules”. He works in primarily black and white photography for his documentary projects. He has photographed fashion models, athletes and freelanced for local news papers. Terrell partnered with Salita Promotions as a creative director that covers boxing events for Showtime, Hbo, Dazn.

World Press Photo Involvement:
Award-winning photographer 2019 Photo Contest

Terrell Groggins on Social Media: 
Instagram: @my.art.my.rules

Terrell Groggins