Rarely Seen Images of Biggie, Flash and More from Rap's First 25 YearsFrom Grandmaster Flash to Snoop Dogg through the lens of Lisa Leone
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Lisa Leone was still a student at New York's High School of Art and Design in 1982 when she began photographing the burgeoning hip-hop movement, which at that time was confined almost entirely to the city. "It was a time of graffiti and breakdancing," she says. "There would also be park jams and you'd run into artists like Afrika Bambaataa. It was an innocent time and I just started taking photographs."
She went on to become one of the most prominent photographers of the scene, and she soon got into film, working with everybody from Spike Lee to Stanley Kubrick. She recently went through her hip-hop archives to assemble the book Here I Am - Photographs By Lisa Leone (click here to order it by July 31st) and an exhibit at the Bronx Museum of the Arts that runs from September 13th, 2014 through January 11th, 2015. Here are the stories behind 11 of her photographs.