Represent: Hip-Hop Photography

May 2, 2018 – May 3, 2019

KRS-1 & Ms. Melodie, Bronx 1988, © Janette Beckman

National Museum of African American History and Culture
15th St. and Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, DC

2nd Floor, Center for African American Media Arts gallery

Inspired by the four elements of hip-hop—DJ’s, MCs, breakdancers and graffiti—Represent showcases photographs from the Eyejammie Hip Hop Photography Collection that illustrate the early days of hip-hop and its rapid expansion to a cultural phenomenon in the mid-to-late 1990s. Photos showing some of hip-hop’s iconic figures and moments are paired alongside other images from the museum’s photography collection to explore how different social movements, historic figures, art, culture and dance have influenced the musical genre.