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Sample NYC photographer Laura Levine’s comprehensive “ALTHIPHOPINDYPUNK Picture Show” exhibit

Bestie Boys Laughing Photoshoot

Beastie Boys NYC 1987 © Laura Levine

Photograph by Laura Levine

Between 1980 and 1994, Laura Levine photographed more than 500 bands and musicians for outlets ranging from Rolling Stone to influential punk magazine New York Rocker, where she worked as photo editor. Though she shot many live shows, Levine is best known for her expressive portraits, taken in her Chinatown apartment or Soho loft, or on the streets of New York City.

Levine's work can currently be seen in the exhibition "Laura Levine: ALTHIPHOPINDYPUNK Picture Show: Intimate Portraits of Musicians, 1980-1994" at San Francisco's DZINE Gallery. Click through our gallery to see a selection of images from the show and read Levine's recollections of photographing legends such as Madonna to Grandmaster Flash.

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