This month and the next, The Gordon Parks Foundation will be showcasing photos from one of the most iconic moments in Hip-Hop history: when the who’s who of 90’s (and earlier) Hip-Hop converged upon a now-legendary Harlem brownstone. The big event also paid homage to when Art Kane took a picture of Jazz’s most notable at the time in the 50’s — four decades before Gordon Parks pressed down for the shutter for the culture.
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Our new exhibition, A Great Day, opens today in Pleasantville. Celebrating the twentieth anniversary of Gordon Parks’ photograph A Great Day in Hip-Hop, Harlem, New York, 1998. The multimedia group exhibition features photographs by Art Kane, Gordon Parks, and Jonathan Rheingold; a documentary short video by Nelson George; and archival materials related to the photograph. It is free and open to the public from February 1 through March 29, 2019.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #gordonparks #gordonparksfoundation #photographer #photography #greatday #hiphop #artkane #jonathanrheingold
Among the timeless snaps held within the Pleasantville, NY location are some taken by RESPECT.’s creator, Jonathan Rheingold — it’s amazing that his pictures almost didn’t see the light of day (in his words):
As the dozens and dozens of rap talent dispersed from the stoops, I took out my camera…ultimately going through 10 rolls of film — all inspired by Mr. Parks. I brought the film to a lab and ordered some contacts. They appeared overexposed, so I tossed them in a drawer. RESPECT. magazine recently published a tribute to the 20th anniversary of the XXL shoot by reproducing “The Game Changer,” former XXL editor Sheena Lester’s recollection of Hip-Hop’s greatest day. At press time I remembered the negatives, found them, had them scanned and, to my delight, they were exactly what I recalled capturing.
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