'Catch the Beat' The Roots of Punk and Hip Hop Photographs by Janette Beckman & David Corio

'Catch the Beat' The Roots of Punk and Hip Hop Photographs by Janette Beckman & David Corio
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The 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 and 80s at The Morrison Hotel Gallery Bowery on Friday, March 11, 2011.

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’d 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.

Beckman’s powerful portraits celebrating music and style are collected in her books Made in the UK: The Music of Attitude, 1977-1982 and The Breaks, Stylin and Profilin, 1982-1990. Her work has been published in People, Interview, Glamour, Esquire, Rolling Stone and London Sunday Times Magazine as well as with Warner Brothers Music, Universal Music, Sony, Doc Marten, Converse and Casio. Her photographs have been exhibited in galleries around the world.

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 for New Musical Express, The Face, Time Out, and Black Echoes, covering a wide range of music and portraiture. After a stint as a music writer at City Limits, he worked as a freelance photographer for the Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, Q and Mojo and has over 200 record covers to his credit. In 1992 he moved to New York working for the New York Times and the Times (UK) and the School of Visual Arts.

David’s photographs have been exhibited across the world. A comprehensive collection of David's photographs of black musicians was published in The Black Chord (Rizolli/Universe 1999) text by Vivien Goldman; the prehistoric stones of England & Wales in Megaliths (Jonathan Cape 2003) text by Lai Ngan Corio and The Couture Accessory (Abrams 2002) text by Caroline Rennolds.

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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'Catch the Beat' The Roots of Punk and Hip Hop Photographs by Janette Beckman & David Corio by MHG Archive

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