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The exhibition exploring the origins of hip hop culture

HIP-HOP HISTORY: Public Enemy in Hyde Park back in 1987 (Photo credit: David Corio/Redferns/Getty Images)

TWO PHOTOGRAPHERS will bring to life the dawn of hip-hop culture in a series of vibrant photographs at the Getty Images Gallery this month.

Londoners Janette Beckman and David Corio, whose classic portraits introduced many to the music genre, will showcase iconic images alongside never before seen material from the Michael Ochs, Right On! and Redferns archives.

Now one of the biggest selling musical genres globally, hip hop began with a much simpler goal: to get people moving.


Stetasonic in 1988 (Photo credit: Janette Beckman/Getty Images)

On the evening of August 11, 1973, Clive Campbell, better known as DJ Kool Herc, set up two turntables in the recreation room at 1520 Sedgewick Ave in the Bronx in order to entertain the crowd gathered for his sister Cindy’s birthday party.

In a completely new technique he called the Merry Go-Round, Herc extended short
drum breaks, now known as break beats, using two copies of the same records. The crowd went wild, the party went late, and though no one at the time was aware, a new genre was born.


Salt N Pepa in Manhattan, 1986 (Photo credit: Janette Beckman/Getty Images)

Images from the exhibition are available for purchase as prints, starting at £75, with global delivery options. The Getty Images Gallery will also be producing a 1980s-style fanzine also called Beat Positive that will be available for purchase exclusively through the gallery.

Beat Positive at Getty Images Gallery is on now until August 4.

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