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The Early Days Of Hip Hop Through The Lens Of Photographer Sophie Bramly
The Early Days Of Hip Hop Through The Lens Of Photographer Sophie Bramly

By JR on 5:12 AM

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Enjoy a series of photographs which show the emergence of Hip Hop culture in the midst of New York's urban decay during the 70's and 80's along with a commentary of a talented photographer from France who was their to witness and document it first-hand at age 21, Sophie Bramly.

In her 2015 book "Walk This Way", Sophie recounts the birth of Hip-Hop in the heart of New York in the 1980s. Following Futura 2000, Zephyr, DST, Afrika Islam, Dondi and more, Sophie Bramly was a privileged witness of those rare moments between shots concerts, backstage or simple friends portraits. These photos depict the will of these innovative artists to hide the blackness of everyday life by colorizing the walls and their music.

Interview, Film, editing, contact sheets photos by Romain Rivière et Julien Crozet (In The Flesh)
Self-produced by In The Flesh Collective.
Hip-Hop photos courtesy of Sophie Bramly
Thank's to Sophie Bramly, Antoine de Beaupré from Librairie 213 and Colette Shop in Paris.
Beastie Boys - An Open Letter to NYC
D.S.T. - The Home of Hip Hop
Run DMC, Jason Nevins - It's Like That
GrandMaster Flash - The Message
Jellybean - The Mexican
ESG - Dance
Rammelzee + K-Rob - Beat Bop
GrandMaster Flash - Wildstyle

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