Like any great collaboration, Vanessa Miller’s relationship with the city of Detroit has evolved over the years. “I'd be lying if I said I wasn't originally attracted by Detroit's decay and tough streets; the fall of the city was just so different from what I or really anyone had seen before,” admits the photographer, who writes—and shoots—about the city’s cultural scene for the Knight Foundation’s Art blog and the College of Creative Studies. “I studied it almost scientifically, dissected and photographed it piece by piece, building by building, for over a decade. And as I did that I found myself falling in love with the life and the lives that people make here. That life is what makes me stay, and has transformed my creative practice.”