Nika Kramer in Cuba : 15 for 2015


What are you celebrating this season? We’re celebrating BSA readers and fans with a holiday assorted chocolate box of 15 of the smartest and tastiest people we know. Each day until the new year we ask a guest to take a moment to reflect on 2015 and to tell us about one photograph that best captures the year for him or her. It’s our way of sharing the sweetness of the season and saying ‘thank you’ for inspiring us throughout the year.

Nika Kramer is a photographer, writer, street scene documentarian, Hip Hop activist, and event organizer from Berlin. With astoundingly beautiful photography Kramer has captured the action, camaraderie and atmospheric qualities of art on the streets globabally. Similarly, Kramer is a pre-eminent documenter of the global Bgirl and Bboy scene and the co-author of We B*Girlz with Martha Cooper, editor of Hip Hop Files: Photographs 1979-1984, co-producer/director of the documentary short Redder than Red – The Story of B-Girl Bubbles and the organizer of the annual We B-Girlz Festival in Berlin.

Barracoa, Cuba
June 2015
Photograph by Nika Kramer

Cuba was my most important trip this year though. 2 months!  So I decided on the picture of this kid in the street, playing baseball. I love the lighting on this one and it represents how I feel this whole year, ready to hit it – ready to go. Feeling my career is going in the right direction, just not really taking off. Having lots of fun, but not really making enough money yet, feeling I need to put all my energy into it to really make it fly…


I like Cuba, life happens on the streets. Kids are playing outside with toys that are mostly handmade – check out the bat, I doubt it’s store bought.

People bring their work out into the street, they sit outside and chat, they bring out tables and play board games. I fear with the arrival of the internet, that’s all going to change very soon…



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