Portrait of the artist Janette Beckman, sitting in front of a graffiti wall. © Gudrun Georges



Janette Beckman is a British American photographer, known for her work on subcultures. Initially, Beckman documented the punk rock scene in London, working for music magazines like The Face and Melody Maker. After moving to New York City in 1983, she turned her lens towards the emerging hip-hop culture, capturing some of the biggest artists of that time such as Queen Latifah, Andre 3000, LL Cool J and Salt-n-Pepa.

Janette Beckman is currently based in New York, USA.

In recent years she has photographed for big clients, such as the Gucci x Dapper Dan shoot for Interview Magazine, whilst at the same time continuing her work by documenting today's emerging subcultures. Beckman's photography from both the UK and the US enabled her to document highly influential counter-cultural movements as they unfolded.

Over time, her work has received international recognition and has been included in the collections of renowned institutions such as the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Museum of the City of New York, and Britain's National Portrait Gallery.

Jean and Chris, East Village, New York City, 1995 © Janette Beckman
Salt-n-Pepa, New York City, 1987 © Janette Beckman

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