The Mash-Up

Without having even seen this yet (will be soon) I feel confident in recommending anyone living or visiting in NYC to go and enjoy. (On now through Sept 13th.)

MCNY Blog: New York Stories

Hip-Hop Revolution, opening at the City Museum tomorrow, April 1, 2015 showcases the work of New York-based photographers Janette Beckman, Joe Conzo, and Martha Cooper, who chronicled the evolution of hip hop in its first decades. Each artist presents a distinctive perspective; put together, their work traces the movement from nascent youth subculture to mainstream phenomenon.

From left to right, photos by Martha Cooper (1983), Joe Conzo (1981) and Janette Beckman (1987) From left to right, photos by Martha Cooper (1983), Joe Conzo (1981) and Janette Beckman (1987)

Just before Christmas 1982, Janette Beckman arrived in New York City from her native England, eager to explore the origins of the globally-expanding hip-hop movement. Already an established photographer of English youth culture and punk music for various magazines, she began photographing many of the seminal figures of hip hop, capturing artists like Run DMC, Salt ‘n’ Pepa, and the Beastie Boys at the beginnings of their careers. Her new work appeared in Esquire and Rolling…

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