Presented by: LuxLab

Curated by: Carl Saytor

Featuring: Janette Beckman

In the fall of 2014 I did my first artist residency at Bemis in Omaha Nebraska. Omaha seemed to me to be a “Tale of Two Cities” divided by economics and culture – the city is said to have the wealthiest and the poorest people per capita in the United States. I wanted to make portraits of the folks who lived there. I shot the Labor Day Parade, the River City Rodeo, a Powwow, a black motorcycle gang BBQ, and made street portraits of as many of the local inhabitants I could find on the mostly deserted streets.

Londoner Janette Beckman began her career at the dawn of punk rock working for The Face and Melody Maker. She shot bands from The Clash to Boy George as well as three Police album covers. Moving to New York in 1982, she was drawn to the underground Hip Hop scene. Her photographs of pioneers such as Run DMC, Slick Rick, Salt’n’Pepa Grandmaster Flash, Big Daddy Kane and 1980’s style are currently on display at the Museum of the City of New York in the ‘Hip Hop Revolution’ exhibition. Her photographs have recently been exhibited at: The Museum of the City Of New York, HVW8 LA, Le Salon Paris, Morrison Hotel Gallery NYC, Paul Smith London, Tower Records Tokyo, and Blender Gallery Sydney. Janette lives and works in New York City. She is the New York editor for the British style magazine ‘Jocks&Nerds’.

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