One day in 1977, photographer Janette Beckman met Sounds journalist Vivien Goldman. That night, Beckman shot Siouxsie and the Banshees. Thus began a career chronicling the seminal figures of punk and new wave in the UK, and later in America the genesis of hip hop.
Yet Beckman’s interest extended beyond these movers. Parallel to her work with musicians, she also recorded the scenes that grew up around them, from punk to 2-tone. Her archive is one of the most complete documents of 70s and 80s youth culture.
Following shows in New York, Paris and Reykjavik, Beckman is bringing her Mash-Up series of exhibitions to London, in which artists work with and reinterpret images from her archive. For Punk Rock Hip Hop Mash-Up, she has commissioned artists, designers and musicians to reinterpret photographers from her extensive collection. Artists featured include Pam Hoff, Dan Holliday, Horace Panter, Hattie Stewart, Chris Sullivan, Ian “Swifty” Swift, Christos Tolera, Marco Aurele Vecchione and Kosmo Vinyl.