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D-Cyphered: Portraits by Jenny Risher

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D-Cyphered: Portraits by Jenny Risher accompanies the exhibition of the same name on view at the Detroit Institute of Arts Friday, August 4, 2017 through Sunday, February 18, 2018.

This hard-covered book features texts by Jenny Risher, Grandmaster Caz, and Ironside Hex and Nancy W. Barr, the James Pearson Duffy Curator of Photography at the Detroit Institute of Arts along with 93 full-page images from the exhibition.

Hardcover, 144 pages

11.5" W x 10"

A short-form large-format booklet of Risher's photographs from the exhibition is also available here. And, the hour-long audio mix featuring more than sixty of Detroit's elite emcees is available on vinyl in a double album produced by Nick Speed.

About the Exhibition:

D-Cyphered: Portraits by Jenny Risher will take viewers on a photographic timeline that makes up the story of the Detroit hip-hop scene. Often overlooked by the movements in New York and Los Angeles, Detroit’s hip-hop history is deeply shaped by the various elements of Motown and Detroit techno. Since the emergence of Eminem and his movie 8 Mile, and the recognition of the genius of the late J. Dilla, Detroit has seen a deep underground scene emerge and gain national recognition. Through this exhibition the rich history that makes Detroit hip-hop a one-of-a kind genre will be explored.

The exhibition consists of photographs Risher made from 2015 through 2017.

Detroit native and photographer Jenny Risher collaborated with musical artists, producers, and DJ’s to create a portrait series telling the influences and legacy of Detroit’s legendary hip-hop scene.


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  1. Phenomenal Photography 5 Star Review

    Posted by on Dec 23rd 2017

    The book was superb, but the exhibit was phenomenal. One must visit the DIA to appreciate the photography. I suggest you hurry to the DIA for a real treat.

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