Biography

"British photographer Janette Beckman began her career at the dawn of punk rock working for 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 she was drawn to the underground hip-hop scene, she photographed the pioneers of the culture such as Run DMC, Slick Rick, Salt’n’Pepa, Grandmaster Flash, and Big Daddy Kane.  She has published four 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′ and ‘El Hoyo Maravilla’.  Her work is in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Museum and the Museum of the City of New York.  Janette lives and works in New York City. She is still documenting sub cultures as well as shooting assignments for clients such as Dior, Levis and Shinola."