From the Streets to the Stars, the Story of Hip-Hop

From the Streets to the Stars, the Story of Hip-Hop
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The black-and-white portrait of Jay-Z taken by Jonathan Mannion for the cover of his debut album, Reasonable Doubt, released in June of 1996, marked the beginning of his spectacular career. The ico-nic image of Biggie with a crown on his head, taken on March 6, 1997 in the photography studio of Barron Claiborne at 100 Greenwich Street in New York, just a few days before the rapper was murdered in Los Angeles. The photo of The Popper by Joe Conzo Jr., depicting an unknown young man in the middle of a group of dancers, becoming a symbol of the dawn of Hip-Hop. Those are just a few of the photos displayed in CONTACT HIGH: A Visual History of Hip-Hop, an exhibition that retraces the history of a genre which, from the streets, hit the heights of success worldwide. Four decades documented in photos, albums, magazine covers, mementos and, from photo out-takes, unpublished images which often reveal an unknown side, softer, funnier, hidden. Presented for the first time outside the United States, the exhibition offers 200 images from photographers who im-mortalised the biggest names of this genre which made music history.
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