Morrison Hotel Gallery Presents
Catch The Beat: The Roots of Punk & Hip Hop
The Photography of Janette Beckman and David Corio
A joint exhibition of photographs documenting the monumental punk and hip hop movements of the 70s – 90s at The Morrison Hotel Gallery at 313 Bowery in NYC beginning on Friday March 11, 2011 from noon until 7:00PM.
In the late 1970s, Janette Beckman and David Corio were freelancing for rival weekly music papers in London, Melody Maker and New Musical Express respectively. These were the largest circulation music papers and had a huge influence on the music scene with upcoming bands desperate to be featured to further their careers.
In 1982, Janette moved to New York and started to document the emerging hip hop scene. Meanwhile, David was doing the same in the UK. When David moved to New York in 1992, the two became fast friends and realized they had both been documenting the same bands and music scenes.
Londoner Janette Beckman began her career at the dawn of punk rock working for The Face and Melody Maker. She shot bands from The Clash to Boy George as well as three Police album covers. Moving to New York in 1982, Beckman was immediately drawn to the underground Hip Hop scene where she photographed pioneers Afrika Bambaataa, Run DMC, Salt-N-Pepa and Grandmaster Flash among others.
David Corio was born in London in 1960. He began his professional career in 1978 taking photographs of a diverse mix of musicians including Bob Marley, U2, Tom Waits and Public Enemy.
On the joint exhibition Corio and Beckman say, “This exhibition is the first time we have been able to show our Punk and Hip Hop images together, and may be the first time that both music genres have been seriously exhibited alongside each other. Whereas photographs of other musicians from the 1970’s to the 1990’s are often shown in galleries, it is refreshing to see that there are also exciting images from these two important genres that changed the world of music. We hope this exhibition will help viewers to realize how important Punk and Hip Hop are to the history of music and photography.”
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