In the fall of 2014 I did my first artist residency at Bemis in Omaha Nebraska. Omaha seemed to me to be a “Tale of Two Cities” divided by economics and culture – the city is said to have the wealthiest and the poorest people per capita in the United States. I wanted to make portraits of the folks who lived there. I shot the Labor Day Parade, the River City Rodeo, a Powwow, a black motorcycle gang BBQ, and made street portraits of as many of the local inhabitants I could find on the mostly deserted streets.
Janette Beckman is a British-born photographer who now lives and works in New York. She began her career at the dawn of punk rock working for music magazines The Face and Melody Maker. She shot bands from The Clash to Boy George as well as three Police album covers.
Moving to NYC in 1983 she was drawn to the underground hip-hop scene and photographed pioneers such as Run DMC, Slick Rick, Salt’n’Pepa, Grand Master Flash and LL Cool J. Beckman has published five books: “Rap, Portraits & Lyrics of a Generation of Black Rockers,” “Made In The UK The Music of Attitude 1977-1983,” “The Breaks, Stylin’ and Profilin’ 1982- 1990,” “El Hoyo Maravilla” and “The MashUp: Hip Hop Photos Remixed by Iconic Graffiti Artists.”
Her work has been shown in galleries worldwide and is in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Museum of the City of New York and the Musée des Civilisations de l’Europe. She is represented by the Fahey Klein Gallery.
Beckman continues to chronicle sub-cultures of our generation as well as work on shoots for clients such as Levi’s, Dior and Apple.
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Featuring: Janette Beckman
Curated by: Carl Saytor
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Brooklyn, NY 11201
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