Legendary London based photographer Eddie Otchere has captured some of the most enviable images of Hip-Hop’s recognisable icons during the mid 90’s and early 2000’s. After contributing images from his huge archive to DJ Semtex’s bestselling book ‘Hip Hop Raised Me’, you’ve now got a chance to get up close and personal with a selection of his photos. You can see some of his featured images from the book at his forthcoming exhibition and even buy a print from the Pop Up shop at BoxPark in Shoreditch, London.
Through his iconic photos of Aaliyah, Nas, Wu Tang Clan, Notorious BIG and Jay-Z and many more, Eddie has captured the essence of Hip-Hop culture in image. Garnering a reputation for taking striking images coupled with the fact that he has a true affinity for the culture, as an analogue photographer, Eddie started shooting at 19. Now, 20 years later with Hip Hop culture no longer on the margins, his early work has now gathered a dedicated following.
The display at Shoreditch Boxpark will feature a small example of his deep archive which also contains a visual history of Junglist drum and bass culture, the garage scene of the early 2000’s and more recently the pioneers of London’s modern soul music. Eddie has also brought his sharp eye to Nation of Billions shooting iconic artists from Grammy nominated Mary J Blige, Gregory Porter and Gallant to UK stalwarts like Kate Tempest and our forthcoming feature with Sampha.
Accompanying Eddie Otchere’s ‘Icons of Hip Hop’ exhibition at Shoreditch Boxpark, limited edition Prints of his work will also be featured for the first time in a Pop-Up Shop for one week only.
From Tuesday January 31st until Sunday 5th Feb, for the first time in one Hip Hop Pop-Up shop you’ll be able to get your hands on a selection of one-off prints, T-shirts, vinyl box sets and a copy of DJ Semtex’s book ‘Hip Hop Raised Me’.
Print Collective Hen’s Teeth who previously partnered with Eddie Otchere for a Dublin exhibition will be selling sought out pieces that celebrate the intersection between music and art. Exploring music through photography and vinyl cover design, the Hen’s Teeth roster includes a print used on J.Dilla’s posthumous release ‘Give ‘em What They Want’ and work that pays homage to artists including Madlib, MF Doom and Grace Jones to name but a few.
Eddie Otchere is an incredibly accomplished portrait photographer whose ‘Icons of Hip Hop’ show captures some of the most intimate moments in behind the scenes shots.
The ‘Icons of Hip Hop’ Exhibition will be featured for one month only between the 2nd of Feb to 1st of March 2017, and exclusive prints will be available for one week only at the pop-up shop located at BOXPARK, 2-10 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6G.