New Yorkers are looking forward to this week’s event at the International Center of Photography Museum downtown on Essex Street called In Conversation—Hip Hop Photography. A somewhat innocuous title, more likely it’s the thrust of the theme that will engage: how three of the biggest names in the early documentation of Hip Hop have formed a collective to protect their rights as photographers, which have been slowly eroding since the advent of the Internet and social media.
“Hip Hop Photography is a collective led by photographers Janette Beckman, Joe Conzo, and Martha Cooper founded to protect the photographs, artistry, subjects, and the hip-hop experience by standardizing fair terms of their image use,” says the trio.
Meet Cooper, Beckman, and Conzo as they talk about their collective with photography archivist and curator Julie Grahame about the founding of their photo collective and each of their recent publications and projects: Martha Cooper’s Spray Nation, Janette Beckman’s Rebels: From Punk to Dior, and Joe Conzo’s Born in the Bronx: A Visual Record of the Early Days of Hip Hop.
Dj Misbehaviour and DJ Operator EMZ
In Conversation—Hip-Hop Photography
REWIND Creative Karaoke
Book Signings—Martha Cooper, Spray Nation, Janette Beckman, Rebels: From Punk to Dior, Joe Conzo, Born in the Bronx: A Visual Record of the Early Days of Hip Hop.