During the early 80′s, Sophie Bramly stood witness to the first commercial flowering of hip-hop in the Bronx. She photographed her friends – Afrika Bambaataa, Futura, Kurtis Blow and Fab Five Freddy – both in public and private. These photographs are a rare document of hip-hop’s early days. Filled with energy, they embody the raw spirit of the era and the endless talent of the participants. Paris’ 12mail Gallery shares Bramly’s work beginning this weekend and running through September 2, 2011.
In conjunction with the exhibition, the images are published for the first time in a limited edition of 500 signed and numbered copies.
12 rue du Mail 75002
Images and video after the jump.