Janette Beckman Rebels

The exhibition Rebels is the first large scale retrospective of the iconic punk and hip-hop photographer Janette Beckman. With a photographic career stretching over four decades, she documented pivotal underground movements from the early stages of the punk and hip-hop scene to recent movements like Black Lives Matter. The exhibition sheds light on themes such as social justice, political activism, and youth culture.

Sade, New York City, 1983Janette Beckman
Portrait of Twins
The Islington Twins, London, 1981Janette Beckman.
Portrait of 3 guys and a car
LL Cool J, Cut Creator, and Brian Latture, New York City, 1987Janette Beckman.
Group photo in front of car and house
Run-DMC & Posse, Hollis, Queens, 1984Janette Beckman.

About the exhibition

Rebels serves as a tribute to some of the most important social movements and subcultures of recent decades and includes a mix of images, contact sheets, and vinyl covers. Beyond her contribution to music cultures, the exhibition pays homage to rebels who challenge social and political norms, showcasing her photographs of recent movements such as Black Lives Matter, Anti-Trump protests, and peace demonstrations for Gaza. Beckman’s commitment to capture the subversives, revolutionaries and provocateurs highlights the broader social impact of her work. Furthermore, the exhibition explores how Beckman’s photographs have influenced brands, highlighting her campaigns for renowned brands such as Dior, Kangol and the shoot for Gucci x Dapper Dan.

Brothers Danny and Carlos, Puerto Rican Day Parade, New York City, 1995 © Janette Beckman.

About the artist

Janette Beckman (b. 1959) is a British American photographer, currently residing in New York, known for her work on subcultures. Over the years, her work has received international recognition and has even entered the permanent collection of prestigious institutions such as the British National Portrait Gallery. In her early career, Beckman worked for influential music magazines, capturing the biggest artists of that time. More recently she has photographed for big clients, such as the Gucci x Dapper Dan shoot for Interview Magazine, whilst continuing her work by documenting today’s emerging subcultures.

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Special thanks to Demonfuzz Records and Navin Thakoer.

The exhibition is made possible by Mondriaan Fund, SWOON Sign & Visual, Oschatz Visuelle Medien and Kleurgamma Fine Art Photolab.

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