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Spanning the early ‘90s to the present day, new photo book BIG SHOTS! is compilation of candid polaroids featuring some of hip-hop’s biggest stars, including Jay- Z, Questlove and Mos Def.

The book is shot by Phillip Leeds, a photographer and former tour manager of Pharrell Williams and N.E.R.D. It features an intro from Pharrell, who says that Leeds was “always the guy who would say, ‘Let’s take a picture’.”

With more than 250 polaroids, BIG SHOTS! is a documentation of the hip-hop’s evolution, as well as showing a glimpse of the surrounding worlds of fashion and art.

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Last Thursday, BIG SHOTS! was launched at Hong Kong concept store WOAW as a part of Leeds’s wider Asian book tour. Each customer was gifted a free limited edition “BIG SHOTS!” t-shirt, as well as the chance to get a polaroid portrait taken by Leeds himself.

Twelve carefully-selected portraits from the book were exhibited on the night, featuring icons such as Naomi Campbell, Snoop Dogg, A$AP Rocky and Tyler The Creator.

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