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Portraits of Hip Hop Artists from the Early Days

Biggie Smalls Dana Lixenberg photographyBiggie

Dana Lixenberg lives and works in New York and Amsterdam. She studied photography at the London College of Printing and at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. In 1993 she was awarded a project grant by the Fonds BKVB (The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture) for a series of portraits at the Imperial Courts Housing Project in Watts, Los Angeles. She soon received commissions from a wide variety of magazines such as the New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Newsweek, Vrij Nederland and Vibe, among many others. Many of these collaborations continue to this date. All the while, Lixenberg continues working on long-term personal projects, mostly focused on individuals and communities on the margins of society. This a selection of her portraits of hip hop artists.

TupacTupac

eminemEminem

JayZJay-Z

PDiddyDiddy

TribeCalledQuestA Tribe Called Quest

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  • Alastair

    “Early days”? Is circa 1990 considered the early days now?

    With the exception of Tribe Called Quest, none of these are from “the early days”.

    The early days of hip hop was Kurtis Blow, Mantronix, Grandmaster Flash, Melle Mel, Sugarhill Gang etc.

    Aside from that inaccuracy, some great photos.