HIP HOP (Portraits)

HIP HOP (Portraits)


September 29th, 1998 – XXL Photo-shoot with photographer and filmmaker Gordon Parks (director of Shaft), starring over two hundred old and new school hip hop artists (many of which are legends). The picture graced the cover of the December ‘98 issue of XXL Magazine. Taken place at 17 E 126th St. in Harlem, to pay tribute to the fortieth anniversary of the August 1958 “Great Day in Harlem” photograph of fifty seven jazz artists, taken by Art Kane, shot at/in the same location (and featured in the January '59 issue of Esquire Magazine).

“It was originally shot for a jazz issue that Esquire did in the late ’50s,” Alice explained, passing me the print. Staring closely at the picture, I recognized a few of the legends posed in front of the Harlem brownstone. There was Dizzy Gillespie sticking out his tongue, Count Basie sitting on the curb with a bunch of kids and my favorite wild man pianist Thelonious Monk looking iceberg cool in his white jacket. Still, while I was aware of the picture, I knew nothing of its deep history until..." Read more »

Halftone print design on museum-quality poster made on thick, durable, matte paper. Printed on archival, acid-free paper.

- Size: 12 × 12 Inches
- Matte Paper (frame not included)

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