About

Zackary Canepari

United States
Zackary Canepari, born in the United States in 1979, is a visual storyteller working in a variety of 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 2 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. His first 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. 

His latest project, 'Flint Town', a documentary series for Netflix about the Flint Police Department premiered in March of 2018.  The series has been nominated for an IDA Award, a Cinema Eyes Award and two Critic's Choice Awards.  

In 2016, Canepari began working on 'Flint is a place' which consists of reportage, short films, found photos, virtual reality, interactive maps and archival material.  'Flint is a place' is funded by a Guggenheim Fellowship and will be completed by the end of 2019. 

Canepari is a member of the VII Photo Agency and lives in New York City. 

World Press Photo Involvement: 
2017 Digital Storytelling Contest winner
2019 Digital Storytelling Contest winner

Zackary Canepari on Social Media:
Instagram: @canepari_til_i_die