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Janette Beckman

Janette Beckman


Starting price: $400.00


Title,Year: Paul Weller & Pete Townshend, London 1980, 2015

Medium: Silver gelatin print

Dimensions: 11 x 10 inches


Auction estimate: $1200

Courtesy of Artist

Artist: British-born photographer Janette Beckman began her career at the dawn of punk rock working for publications such as The Face and Melody Maker.  She shot bands from The Clash to Boy George as well as three Police album covers and documented the youth culture of the era.  Moving to NYC in 1983, Beckman was drawn to the underground hip-hop scene where she photographed the pioneers of the culture such as Run-DMC, Slick Rick, Salt-N-Pepa, Grandmaster Flash, LL Cool J, and Big Daddy Kane. Beckman has published numerous books, including:  Rap, Portraits & Lyrics of a Generation of Black Rockers, Made In The UK The Music of Attitude 1977-1983,  and The Breaks, Stylin’ and Profilin’ 1982- 1990.

Her work has been shown in galleries and museums worldwide including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Annenberg Space for Photography, Los Angeles and Kunsthal Rotterdam, amongst others.  Her work is in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Museum, the Museum of the City of New York, the Musée des Civilisations de l’Europe, France, and the Nakamura Keith Haring Collection, Japan.  Beckman lives and works in downtown Manhattan.


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