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Rashaun Rucker is a product of North Carolina Central University and Marygrove College. He makes photographs, prints and drawings. Rucker’s work examines social and cultural issues in America, with a particular focus on human rights, mental illness, the black experience, and the impact of inequality and equity. Rucker has won more than 40 national and state awards for his work.
In 2008, Rucker became the first African American to win Michigan Press Photographer of the Year. He also won a national Emmy Award in 2008 for documentary photography on pit bull culture. Rucker was a Maynard Fellow at Harvard in 2009 and a Hearst visiting professional in the journalism department at UNC-Chapel Hill in 2013.
In 2014, Rucker was awarded an artist residency at the Red Bull House of Art. In 2016, Rucker was honored as a Modern Man by Black Enterprise magazine.
Rucker created the original artwork for the Detroit 1967 documentary “12th and Clairmount” and his work was featured on HBO’s critically acclaimed show “Random Acts of Flyness.” His work is represented in numerous public and private collections.