The Wu before they became icon’s of Hip-Hop were as hard to pin down then as they are today but the art of a savvy shooter in the 90’s was as much about the art of banter as the art of photography.
For contemporary photographers today in Hip-Hop it’s fascinating to look back and study the personality of image iconified on film at a time when shooting with limited rolls, required the sharp eye of selection and enhanced concentration to know exactly when to capture that iconic shot. Eddie Otchere a renowned Hip-Hop photographer, has built up an fascinating archive over the past 20 years capturing the essence of the biggest personalities in Hip-Hop from the 90’s to present day.
Otchere is exhibiting an iconic collection of portraits of the Wu-Tang Clan during their most prolific years at BRIXTON EAST 1871, in London on the 5th of March 2016, all day for one day only from 14:00 – 02:00.
Watch the short film above as Otchere talks about how he went through 20 years of work, formats, film, processes and takes back to one day when he managed to shoot every member of the Wu Tang Clan – catching Method Man outside RCA Records in Putney and subsequently capturing shot after shot of each member and eventually iconifying the Wu on print.
The immersive exhibition presented by Otchere features iconic portraits of every member of the Wu-Tang Clan during their most prolific years. Photographed over the course of 5 years and never before exhibited in their entirety this is the first time that prints have been digitally reduxed by Nineties’ master printer Danny Pope. As promised by Otchere, the digital files created for this edition of prints will be destroyed on the 9th March – never to be reproduced again, making this ‘Icons of Wu’ edition finite.
Icons of Wu promises to be a day and night of revisiting a special time in Hip Hop culture and a rare insight into the renowned Wu-Tang Clan – extracting their personas in image.
The show also features a sonic video installation by Daniel Oduntan, a Wu-Tang tribute set by Dj Rumz and to close the night, the live debut of South London’s best kept secret led by Raf Powell. The exhibition takes place on;
Date: Saturday 5th March — 14:00 – 02:00
Venue: Brixton East 1871, 100 Barrington Road, London, SW9 7JF Admission: Free
Guided Tour by Eddie Otchere – 14:15
Pure Vinyl Records stall w/ Ty – 14:00 – 18:00
Production workshop w/ Tony Nwachukwu & Emmavie and a Q&A w/ Jayson Wynters – 15:00
Panel Talk w/ Alexander Nut, Dobie & Eddie Otchere – 17:00
A small number of Limited Edition Prints and 1 of 1 Edition Books will be available on the day. Prints & books are also available to pre-order to collect on the day.