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Janette Beckman

Janette Beckman

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.

Archive Exhibitions Featuring Janette Beckman

The MASH UP

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza
 archive : 2019

Photographer Janette Beckman and artist Cey Adams are co-curating The MASH UP. Four West Coast artists were selected to mash-up/paint/remix Beckman’s old school hip-hop photos.

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The MASH UP – LA Edition

Annenberg Space for Photography
 archive : Photoville LA

Photographer Janette Beckman and artist Cey Adams are co-curating The MASH UP. Four West Coast artists were selected to mash-up/paint/remix Beckman’s old school hip-hop photos.

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I VOTE BECAUSE..

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza
 archive : 2018

I VOTE BECAUSE…, legendary photographer Janette Beckman large-scale photographs of citizens paired with their short  statements about why voting is important. We will be taking photos of people at photoville and asking them why they vote!

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The Mash-Up

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza
 archive : 2015

The Mash Up: In celebration of the Photoville opening night show, Down & Dirty, the UPI team are double-stacking two containers where photographer and curator Janette Beckman has invited celebrated street artists Cey Adams and Queen Andrea to “mash-up” two of her iconic music images larger than life.

 

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Omaha

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza
 archive : 2015

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.

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Down and Dirty

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza
 archive : 2015

Celebrating music photography from over four decades featuring acclaimed photographers.

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Archive Sessions and Events Featuring Janette Beckman

Oct 22021

The Importance Of Building Your Photo Business (ENCORE RECORDING)

Join celebrated photographer Janette Beckman and curator Julie Grahame as they dive into the fundamentals of building your brand and photography business.

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Sep 212019

The Mini Mash Up

Join us for an afternoon of learning how to draw and collage with artist Cey Adams using the iconic images of Hip-Hop legends made by photographer Janette Beckman! All Ages Welcome!

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Apr 272019

Walking Tour with Vikki Tobak & Janette Beckman

Join curator Vikki Tobak and photographer Janette Beckman as they share their exhibitions Contact High and The Mash Up, and visit many of their other favorites around Photoville LA.

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Apr 272019

MashUp: A Family Workshop Hosted by Artist Cey Adams and Photographer Janette Beckman

Join us for an afternoon of learning how to draw and collage with artist Cey Adams using the iconic images of Hip-Hop legends made by photographer Janette Beckman!

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Apr 262019

An Evening With Contact High

Join us for an evening celebrating the visual legacy and power of Hip-Hop.

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Sep 162017

Contact High: Hip-Hop’s Iconic Photographs and Visual Culture

Contact High will host a conversation with legendary photographers Janette Beckman, Barron Claiborne, Brian Cross and Ernie Paniccioli exploring the creative process and behind-the-scenes look at the making of the imagery that shaped hip-hop.

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