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What is hip-hop? Throwback to the early stage of a cultural and artistic movement born in the South Bronx. Discover how, in the early 70s, photographers captured this new genre to make it a global phenomenon.
Here is a look at “Contact High” by Vikki Tobak and Fab 5 Freddy.
Hip-hop: sound, style, and culture
Hip-hop emerged from different cities across the United States in the 70s. Each regional individuality shaped this cultural movement. From music, dance to graffiti artist, hip hop was the self-expression from the street. It also impacted fashion with some emblematic items like athletic jersey, Nike air force 1, sneakers, skateboarding fashion, etc.
Photographer and beyond
Photographers were the first to immortalize this movement. They shaped a specific image of artists to communicate and market them to the world.
The selection of images and contact sheet are a testimony of their work. Most of them are now iconic for hip-hop culture.
Women in hip-hop
Hip-hop music was a male drive industry when some women stood upon the scene. Thanks to their unique voices, storytelling, style, and lyrics, they have established their position in hip-hop’s world. Lauryn Hill, Missy Elliot, Queen Latifah, Nicki Minaj, Cardi B are among these influent women.
The “class photo”: A great day in hip-hop
If we can select only one picture to highlight hip hop, a “great day in hip hop” would be the one. For XXL Magazine, Gordon Parks photographed 2OO hip-hop artists in Harlem. It was in 1998 when hip hop was already a worldwide phenomenon.
Plan your visit:
- Exhibit on view from April 26TH through August 18th.
- Location: 2000 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA 90067.
- Hours: Wed-Sun 11AM-6PM.
- Admission: Free
- Duration: I spent 1h30 hour to discover it.
- Audio guide available and guided tour on Saturdays and Sundays at 3 pm.
- Parking: $1.50 with validation
- More information available at https://www.annenbergphotospace.org/