Books: How Hip-Hop Learned to Pose for the Camera

By David Schonauer   Friday November 9, 2018

The new book Contact High “is a wondrous tribute to the way hip-hop overturned not just the sound of culture but also ways of seeing,” notes The New Yorker. The book comes from Vikki Tobak, who worked in the music industry and as a journalist throughout the nineties, experiences that gave her an insider perspective on the culture’s rise. Tobak shows (with contact sheets) how photographers taught stars to strike a pose for the camera — thus giving hip-hop the visual edge it has become known for.

Read the whole story at The New Yorker.


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