Janette Beckman

b.1959
Janette Beckman began her career working for Melody Maker, one of London's premier weekly music papers. She soon had extraordinary access to the musicians topping the UK charts – icons of an era when music had an agenda – including The Clash, The Sex Pistols, The Jam, The Undertones, The Specials, The Beat, The Police, The Ramones, The Rockats, The Raincoats (Kurt Cobain's inspiration), Billy Idol, and Echo and the Bunnymen. Among these groups, this generation still had the radical idea that each and every punk, skin, mod, rude boy, and ted was just as important as the bands. Janette Beckman's gritty aesthetic placed her on good footing among the kids on the street – and the portraits she made prove that attitude never dies. Moving to New York in 1982, she was instantly drawn to the underground hip-hop scene. Her photographs of the pioneers Run-DMC, Afrika Bambaataa, Salt-N-Pepa, and Grandmaster Flash are collected in RAP: Portraits and Lyrics of a Generation of Black Rockers. Beckman's work has appeared in Esquire, Rolling Stone, and Glamour, to name a few. She currently lives and works in New York.