In collaboration with Getty Image Gallery & Fahey/Klein Gallery, 10 Corso Como New York presents Beat Positive, a new exhibition of photographs that explores the dawn of hip hop culture, from 1981 to 1993. On view at the 10 Corso Como Gallery in Lower Manhattan’s Seaport District from November 21, 2019 through February 2, 2020 , the exhibition showcases iconic images from British photographers Janette Beckman and David Corio alongside never before seen material from the Getty Images archives, including images of a young LL Cool J, triptychs of The Fat Boys filming their ‘Jail House Rap’ video and the Beastie Boys in concert.
Using the four main elements of hip-hop – turntablism, MC’ing, graffiti writing and breaking – as a jumping off point, Getty Images Gallery Curator Shawn Waldron worked with Beckman and Corio to create a unique offering of limited-edition prints.
Shawn Waldron, Curator, Getty Images Gallery said: “The opportunity to work with photographers Janette Beckman and David Corio is a dream come true. Their authentic portraits shot in New York and London between 1981 and 1993 are a time capsule to the days when hip hop, graffiti and b-boys truly went global. Their pictures showed the world the faces (and fashions) behind this incredible musical culture as it burst from the streets of New York.”
Londoners Janette Beckman and David Corio first discovered hip hop in 1981 while on assignment for music magazines such as NME, Melody Maker and The Face. Their early portraits of Run DMC, Slick Rick, Salt ‘n’ Pepa, Whodini, Grandmaster Flash, LL Cool J, Queen Latifah and the Beastie Boys, along with many others, are now considered classics of the genre. Their work has been shown internationally at museums and galleries such as the Victoria and Albert Museum, The Museum of the City of New York, and the Annenberg Space.
The official opening will take place on Thursday, November 21 from 6-8PM. Photographers Janette Beckman and David Corio will be hosting a walkthrough of the exhibition on Saturday, November 23 from 3-5PM. Both events are open to the public.