British-born photographer Janette Beckman began her career at the dawn of punk rock working for music magazines The Face and Melody Maker. She shot bands from The Clash to Boy George as well as three Police album covers.
Drawn to the underground hip-hop scene, she moved to NYC in 1983 and photographed pioneers Run DMC, Slick Rick, Salt-n-Pepa, Grand Master Flash, LL Cool J and many more.
Her work has been shown in galleries worldwide and is in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Museum of the City of New York and the British National Portrait Gallery.
She has published five books including in 2018, ‘The MashUp’, a collaboration with iconic New York graffiti artists reinterpreting her hip hop images. Her monograph covering four decades of photography, ‘Rebels From Punk to Dior’ will be published by Drago in October 2021.
Beckman continues to chronicle sub-cultures of our generation and as well as working on shoots for clients such as Levis, Apple and Dior. She is represented by the Fahey Klein Gallery in Los Angeles.