Hip-Hop History Comes to Life in a Series of 120 Remarkable Images

Hip-Hop History Comes to Life in a Series of 120 Remarkable Images

Hip-Hop History Comes to Life in a Series of 120 Remarkable Images

When it concerns spreading out the rap gospel, a photo can be worth 1,000 words (or lyrics). That’s what led music reporter Vikki Tobak to curate Contact High at the Annenberg Area for Photography(April 26 to August 18). The exhibit shows more than 120 prints and unedited contact sheets from 60- plus professional photographers who have actually formed hip-hop’s visual history. Here, 4 of the artists offer us some expert details on their preferred shoots.

RUN DMC photographed by JANETTE BECKMAN, 1984

” I had not become aware of them at the time. I fulfilled Jam Master Jay and these men in Queens and shot a couple of frames– little did I understand the dappled light was going to be tough to print. I enjoy that photo. Perhaps among my favorites I ever took.”

QUEEN LATIFAH photographed by AL PEREIRA, 1991

” It was a video shoot in New york city, however Dana– Queen La– was sweet and let me do some pictures throughout a break. Among my finest shots, Dana doing the smoking-gun thing, was her playing around and me taking note enough time to catch it.”


” I was barely shooting hip-hop individuals. I asked for to do Big deal since I believed he looked cool– unfortunate however strong. Individuals do not understand it’s a $4 crown. That’s how I understand the image has power: Nobody discusses that the crown’s plastic. It’s tilt originates from being Southern– you constantly tilt your hat, no matter if it’s a crown or not.”

KENDRICK LAMAR photographed by JORGE PENICHE, 2011

” This shoot was a commission for Deuce publication. He will conclude great kid, m.A.A.d City I stated, ‘Look, guy, I’m not here to advise you on how to present. Simply do your thing, and let me shoot.'”

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