Photographer Janette Beckman began her career in the UK at the birth of punk, working for seminal magazines including The Face and Melody Maker. She shot bands and musicians from The Clash to Boy George, as well as three Police album covers, including their first, released in 1978. Beckman later moved to New York to immortalize the emergence of hip hop, along the way capturing Debbie Harry and Keith Haring.
Given her hustle and bustle, Beckman's body of work stands an archive of rebel cultures, often capturing soon-to-be household names in their formative green years. Beckman long ago gathered the most arresting of these portraits in the Rebel Cultures exhibition, which opens next at FIORENTINI + BAKER in New York on September 8, 2016. Here's an overview...
Sex Pistols, Hyde Park, London, 1979
Boy, Kings Road, London, 1979
Mods on Scooter, 1976
Boy George, Notting Hill Gate, London, 1981
Debbie Harry, London, 1981
The Police, Waterloo, London, 1978
Joe Strummer, The Clash, 1981
Keith Haring, NYC, 1985
The Go-Go's, Tail of the Pup, 1983
Run DMC, Queens, New York, 1984
B Boys, London, 1982
EPMD, Babylon, Long Island, 1989
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