R.D. Rucker is a product of North Carolina Central University and Marygrove College, he has more than 60 media awards to his credit and his work has been honored by the National Press Photographers Association, Society of Professional Journalists, Michigan Press Photographers Association, Black College Communications Association and the Associated Press.

In 2008, Rucker became the first African American to be named Michigan Press Photographer of the Year. The same year, he won a regional and national Emmy as a photojournalist for his work in a documentary on the pit bull culture in Michigan. He also was a Maynard fellow at Harvard University in 2009. In 2013 he was selected as a Hearst Visiting Professional at the school of journalism at UNC Chapel Hill and also won the grand prize at the Michigan Fine Arts Competition. Welcome to DetroitRUCK.com, the work of an artist living in the 313.

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