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.
today above the sports single second prize-winning photo of shield Strikes Back it's important to me because Clarissa is from my home state and she's from an impoverished community in Flint Michigan there's a Flint water crisis there's other economical struggles that Flint is going to through as well as the tree in the past so it runs parallel the boxer and the photographer of winning photo is very important to me because of those two things on one hand you have Clarissa Shields who is fighting for equality in women's boxing she's a two-time Olympian and now undisputed world champion but she still has their struggles because of the lack of equality between men and women as far as pay rate on the other hand you have me the photographer that's fighting for equality and diversity and photojournalism I wanted to give a shout out to the judges of its Timbo photo Awards for the diversity of photos they took they took their time they went across the the world and took their time to choose photos that that are that haven't been syndicated in the news so it gives other photographers a chance to be seen now it's not a pity the selection all of the photos that were selected have an importance in composition and technical well with that being said I wanted to say thank you to Istanbul photo Awards and they were big year there's a yearbook out there really exhibit later this year so hopefully everyone can go check it out thank you