Photographer Dan Morgner has worked his way through the studio ranks at Vaughn Images. From intern to assistant, Morgner is now a full-time shooter taking on assignments from portraits to food. “Having always been inspired by the images in Hour Detroit, it is great to see my own work alongside many great photographs in the magazine,” he says. You can see his work on our “Kitchen” and “Local Flavor” pages of the Food & Drink section and our Father’s Day “A-List.”
Ashley Zlatopolsky is a Detroit-based writer and reporter who covers arts, culture, and lifestyle, among other things. She’s played electric guitar since the age of 12 and recently picked up piano, on which she’s learning how to play John Legend. As an avid music enthusiast, she was thrilled to learn about the art of record collecting and what goes into it. Zlatopolsky regularly contributes to the Detroit Free Press, Rolling Stone, The Guardian, and Billboard. In her free time, she binge-watches movies in theaters, draws, kickboxes, and spends time with her beloved cat, Theodore.
Ryan Patrick Hooper
Ryan Patrick Hooper has been a regular at Bronx Bar since before he was able to drink. “You could still get a haircut there on Sundays,” he says. For years, Hooper has been asking Charleen Dexter for an interview. On Charleen’s 40th anniversary behind the bar, she finally agreed. “It’s one of those right-under-your-nose stories,” he says. “While I’m extremely proud to be able to tell a small portion of her story, there’s not enough ink in the world to tell the whole thing.” Hooper has covered Detroit’s untold stories locally and nationally for over a decade. His work has appeared in the Detroit Free Press, Detroit News, Paste Magazine, Vice, Hour Detroit, and more.
Jenny Risher is an editorial and commercial photographer, specializing in lifestyle, portraits, and fashion photography. Risher is the author of Heart Soul Detroit, published by Momentum Books (a division of Hour Media). A Mount Clemens native, Risher has been contributing her talents to Hour Detroit since 1997. She photographed this year’s vintage magic show-themed Best of Detroit feature, a self-proclaimed “best of Hour” assignment. Aside from shooting editorial and commercial work, Risher has been preparing for an upcoming solo exhibit at the Detroit Institute of Arts that will run from Aug. 4 through February 2018. The exhibit, titled “D-CYPHERED,” features Detroit hip-hop artists and culture, both new and old.